Event sign from February post
I've been going nuts trying to get information on this for the past several months. As the days, weeks and months kept going and less and less information came out about this the more anxious I got about it. Finally today with literally a couple weeks left to the proposed date SASUKE (28-29) director Masato Inui posted on his twitter account that the event was postponed. TBS has also updated their Sasuke Rising website to reflect the change.
※ 11月に開催を予定していた「SASUKE ASEAN OPEN CUP 2013」は主催者側の都合により延期になりました。開催日時が決まりましたら当HPで告知致します。
I feel bad for the guy because he's the only public figure in the Sasuke organization that was even remotely connected to this thing so he was the line of fire. Everyone else was behind the scenes and difficult to get a hold of. Lord knows they never updated any of their pages so everyone was left with zero information and even fighting among themselves. For months Inui has had to rebuff question after question from domestic and international people. I felt bad because there was a string of people (notably the Sasuke 29 stage 2 competitors) who were still waiting for their last minute invite. Remember that they were promised back in the summer that there would be an announcement forthcoming. Months passed and no announcement. So they had to wait to see if they were on the Japan team and continuing to train for a last minute international event. Now everyone can take a step back and concentrate on other things. My hope is that they do Sasuke 30 first and then leave the ASEAN event until next year. With the debacle of the Stage 2 in Sasuke 29 they might even use Sasuke 30 to pick the team since we all know Stage 2 was not equally fair to everyone.
It's clear they bit off more than they can chew. There's nothing wrong with asking for help.. and that is something they did not do. The lack of communication to not just the competitors but the fans who were more than willing to support the event was staggering. I'm glad they postponed it but I hope they learned their lesson. They need to post SOME news.. even if it's small things. It's like they were so terrified for people to know they weren't ready. It's also even better to have waved the white flag and postponed this now than to have had a horrible event because it was poorly planned, rushed and way out of their league. Hopefully now with more time, more help and more organization they can pull off not just a single event, but a series of events that will last for years to come. Expansion of an existing series is always painful and sometimes hard lessons are learned. I'm hoping this one is just a bump in the road and we can get a better event because of it.