Skrituļslidošana Olimpiskajās spēlēs? Tā var kļūt par īstenību, ja tiks lemts par labu skrituļslidošanai izvēloties “Roller sports” starp tādiem sporta veidiem kā “Baseball and softball”, “Karate”, “Sport climbing”, “Squash”, “Wakeboard” un “Wushu”! Jau pavisam drīz, 2013. gadā, Olimpisko spēļu komiteja lems par vienu no šiem 7 sporta veidiem, ko iekļaut 2020. gada Olimpiskajās spēlēs.
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Ja angļu valoda nav sveša, tad interesanti būs izlasīt interviju ar Roberto Marotta, kurš ir “Starptautiskās skrituļslidošanas sportu federācijas” (Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports – FIRS) prezidents:
“When I was an athlete, I criticised my federation,” says Roberto Marotta, a former world and European champion in inline skating. “I would always ask why roller sports were not in the Olympics. Now I’m in this position I have to justify in front of my athletes why we’re not an Olympic sport.”
Marotta is the president and secretary general of the Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS), the world governing body for the disciplines of speed skating, artistic skating, roller hockey, inline hockey, downhill, skateboarding, freestyle, alpine slalom and roller derby.
Since hanging up his skates, the mild-mannered Italian has campaigned tirelessly for roller sports’ inclusion in the Olympic programme. It is not through lack of endeavour that one of FIRS’ nine disciplines has yet to make it on to the world’s greatest sporting stage.
Despite roller hockey’s presence as a demonstration sport during the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, roller sports was to be one of five candidates – including squash and karate – that fell agonisingly short of Olympic inclusion in 2009.
“We were really unhappy with the IOC’s decision because most of the journalists and media are convinced that our sport is a new, young sport that can bring new, fresh blood into the Olympic movement,” says Marotta.
“As you probably know, all young people received two gifts as a child – a ball and some skates. All of us have experienced skating at some point when we were younger. It’s so popular around the world and covers so many disciplines that we are proud to say that we have a right to become an Olympic sport. It’s not just a sport, it’s a social movement.”
Indeed, with more than 50 million people skating around the world, it appears the ace up roller sports’ sleeve is its inclusive and youthful nature – both characteristics which are highly valued by the IOC.
“Our sport is easy to practise everywhere,” Marotta says, adding that the sport’s accommodating nature extends to highest level of competition. “We’re ready to compete in whatever environment is asked of us. We can have spectacular events on a 200-metre banked track but we can also compete in 400 metres that we can set up in a park, on a highway, anywhere.”
Marotta is optimistic about roller sports’ chances in the IOC vote in late 2013, believing that its various attributes will shine through come decision time.
“My feeling is that many people in the Olympic movement understand that we have good reasons to become an Olympic sport but it’s difficult to lobby the people who make the decisions. Most IOC members follow the decisions of the opinion-leaders so if we can change their minds a bit then I think we’ll have a good chance.”