The Japan Skating Federation revealed Tuesday it will bid to host the 2023 World Figure Skating Championships on behalf of the city of Saitama, just north of Tokyo.

The JSF approved a plan to host the event at Saitama Super Arena between March 20 and 26, 2023, at its board meeting on Wednesday and plans to announce its candidacy soon.

According to the federation, the venue for the 2023 worlds will be decided by the International Skating Union next year between May and June.

If Japan wins the bid, it will be the eighth time the country has hosted the World Figure Skating Championships. Saitama also hosted the event the last two times it was held in Japan, in 2014 and 2019.

This year's World Figure Skating Championships, scheduled to take place in Montreal in March, were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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