More than 60 people connected to the world of roller sports participated last Tuesday in a discussion on the subject organised by the Municipal Sports Council of Barcelona and held at the city’s National Institute of Physical Education (INEF).
With the World Roller Games on the horizon, public administrations, organisations and athletes set to work to analyse the current state of roller sports to identify areas of improvement. The participants were divided into three groups to address three main topics: Roller Sports and Citizenship, Barcelona Roller City and Roller Sports Promotion and Events.
Given that the Catalan capital is one of the most emblematic and attractive cities for lovers of roller sports, the departure point is already unbeatable. Nonetheless, all the participants agreed that there is still a long way to go in terms of promoting all the sports disciplines and adapting the city to their practice, among other issues.
The event included presentations by Martí Niubò, secretary of the Municipal Sports Council; Jordi Solà, INEF director; Ramon Basiana, president of the Catalan Roller Sports Federation, and David Escudé, sports commissioner of the Barcelona City Council.
One of the most popular proposals made by the participants was the need to normalise the practice of roller sports in the city by amending the municipal ordinance. Consequently, City Council sources have confirmed that they are working along these lines and hope that such changes will serve to facilitate the coexistence between roller sports practitioners and all other citizens.
Another consideration that was heard at INEF’s Aula Magna was that the real success of the World Roller Games lies not only in their celebration, but also in the legacy that they can leave in Barcelona once they have ended. The Tuesday meeting was the first of several working sessions planned by the Roller Sports Council, the consultative and advisory body to the Barcelona WRG 2019.