The International Skating Union announced Thursday that it has selected Moscow, Russia from six candidates as the substitute host for the World Figure Skating Championships.

The event will take place April 24 - May 1.

The 2011 worlds were scheduled to take place in Tokyo this week but had to be moved as a result of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Russia seemed the most logical replacement candidate since it told the ISU last week it was willing to take over the event because of Moscow's hotel capacity, international airports and large arena.

It became a foregone conclusion Tuesday when Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promised support and said his country could handle the finances easily.

The other candidates were: Vancouver; Lake Placid, N.Y. or Colorado Springs; Turku, Finland; Graz, Austria; and Zagreb, Croatia.