The headquarters of the Spanish National Sports Council (Consejo Superior de Deportes, CSD) hosted an important official presentation of the World Roller Games this Wednesday with the presence of Mariano Soriano, Managing Director of Sport for the CSD; Marta Carranza, Sports Commissioner for the Barcelona City Council; Carmelo Paniagua, President of the WRG Organising Committee, and Ramon Basiana, President of the WRG Executive Committee. The event was also attended by the current European and world rink hockey champion Laura Vicente and also the European and world speed champion Ioseba Fernández.
Various virtual images of the event’s facilities were shown during the presentation at the CSD headquarters, an event whose main stage will be the Olympic Ring of Montjuïc and its outstanding venues like the Palau Sant Jordi, Parc Montjuïc or Sant Jordi Club. The competition will also be supported by several subvenues in neighbouring cities and will also be staged in several centres in Barcelona, as well as various urban sites in the Catalan capital, such as the Front Marítim, Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina and Diagonal-Passeig de Gràcia.
A “turning point” for roller sports
Mariano Soriano, Managing Director of Sport for the CSD, was convinced that the WRG will be “one of the great events of 2019” and represent “an example of progress and modernity”. Soriano is confident that the event will be a success, as is Marta Carranza, Sports Commissioner for the Barcelona City Council: “Barcelona has a great deal of organisational experience and this guarantees that the project will be a success and will further strengthen us as an international sports capital”.
Carmelo Paniagua, President of the Royal Spanish Roller Sports Federation and President of the WRG Organising Committee, showed his conviction: “This WRG event represents a turning point for our sports. We want to make small wheels big by combining the old with the new. It will be a spectacular event in a city that passionately lives these sports”. While Ramon Basiana, President of the Catalan Roller Sports Federation and President of the WRG Executive Committee, also highlighted the “unique opportunity to relaunch all these disciplines at a national and international level”.
European and world champions
The speeches of Ioseba Fernández and Laura Vicente, European and world speed and rink hockey champions, respectively, were also crucial. The Spanish skater expressed his confidence in being crowned champion in Barcelona and claimed: “The Barcelona WRG event is an opportunity to expand the sport. But we can all expand together and discover other disciplines, because it is sad that we barely know each other.” A position shared by the goalie of Spain’s national rink hockey team, who displayed her enthusiasm about “the challenge of playing at home” and viewed the event as “an opportunity to understand other disciplines better and to meet up with other roller sports athletes”.