At 1.50pm this Wednesday, the majority of the Spanish national team delegation, comprising almost 200 people, including athletes, technicians and assistants, will set off for the Chinese city of Nanjing, where the first edition of the World Roller Games will be staged between 26 August and 10 September. The event will combine the World Championships of 10 disciplines promoted by the International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS).
The 10 World Championships to be held in Nanjing include Rink Hockey, Inline Hockey, Artistic Skating, Speed Skating, Roller Freestyle, Roller Derby, Inline Alpine, Roller Freestyle, Downhill and Skateboarding. The Royal Spanish Roller Sports Federation (RFEP) will field a team or athlete in each of these disciplines.
RFEP President Carmelo Paniagua has claimed in an official statement that the World Roller Games represent “an extremely important opportunity” to promote the various roller sports disciplines. The underlying aim is also to add the other disciplines to skateboarding, which will be an Olympic sport at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
The city of Barcelona will host the second edition of the World Roller Games in 2019.