Daisuke Takahashi Declines World Championships Spot for Mixed Reasons
"I definitely want to join in the competition as I'm selected, but I'm not mentally ready. This is one of the major reasons why I decline my spot. I decided to return to competitive ice and started the season rather late, so I could just barely resume practice. What I was able to achieve in this battle of Japanese National Championships was beyond my imagination, and the World Championships was simply not in my mind. I've competed as one of the top skaters and known clearly the difficulties during the international events and mentality needed. Based on these experiences, I am determined that if I'm not well prepared mentally, I can't attend a competition just because I am selected (by the national federation). Having been to all kinds of international competitions and felt the atmosphere there with athletes from all over the world, I know well enough that it can make us grow and accumulate experiences. If you ask me, a man at the age of thirty-two, whether I have a future (as a promising athlete), I would say no."
Putting on a bitter smile, ex-world champion continued to emphasize the significance of this spot for the young skaters. "However, the younger athletes who are leading Japanese figure skating to a bright future deserve more opportunities to stand on this world-class stage. Thus, I'm determined to resign my spot."
Is it possible for him to compete in the Worlds next season? Again, a bitter smile rose on his face.
Takahashi made up his mind not to go in for Challenger Series. "I need to think about what I should do next season first, and thus I don't intend to take part in any more competitions this season."