The 2016 Rio Olympics begin this week and this morning CNN reported the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced they will be adding five new sports to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, but it saddens us to say that roller sports wasn’t one of them.
It’s 2016 and roller sports aren’t considered an to be Olympic sport. Crazy, right?!
According to the BBC, roller sports was one of seven sports competing for a spot in the 2020 Olympic Games, but according to inlineskating.about.com, “efforts by the roller sports world governing body, the Federation Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS), to earn Olympic status for any of its disciplines were limited at the end of the 20th century.”
Although, FIRS’ attempts to get Olympic status became most active around 2000, when inline speed skating was promoted as the most suitable roller sport for the Olympics, roller sports have still yet to be added to the list of competing sports.
The FIRS lobbied for roller sports to be included in the 2020 Olympics, but according to Insidethegames, they refused to confirm which disciplines they put forward for inclusion.
“We presented a complete project that in five years will lead roller sports to be an even more important sport in Japan and we are sure we can create a consistent legacy both before and after the games,” said FIRS president Sabatino Aracu.
CNN reported that the sports selected to be added to the 2020 Olympic games are skateboarding, surfing, karate, sports climbing and baseball/softball.
So to all our fellow skaters, as for now, all we can do is keep skating and show the world roller skating SHOULD be an Olympic sport.
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