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Inaugurato il primo FIRS Roller Olympic Museum


Passo avanti per l’organizzazione dei Roller Games con l’inaugurazione del primo museo FIRS “roller olympic” a Nanjing, sede dei prossimi Youth Olympic  Games YOG. Nella tabella di marcia è previsto in agosto il completamento del più grande stadio indoor asiatico sede dei prossimi eventi roller 2017 decretando così la città asiatica la “città dei giovani”, pronta per accogliere tutti i campionati del mondo delle nostre discipline.


The perfect sinergy between the City of Nanjing anf the FIRS led, on one side, to the establishment of a strong and pragmatic legacy and, on the other side to the fulfillment of a challenging project that in the last years took shape: The FIRS Roller Games! Less than a year ago, the first embryonic idea of Nanjing World Capital of Roller Sports came to mind of both FIRS President Mr Aracu and Nanjing Mayor Mr Ruilin: and now 52K kids in Nanjing practice roller skating and 12.000 of them already participate to competitions!

After months of intense work both sides, FIRS and the city of Nanjing officially sign the contract for the Firs Edition of the World Roller Games in 2017 and for the first ever FIRS Roller Olympic Museum. Here we are today, where a 8mil citizens city and an International Federation are working closely together to design a plan that can really create a long lasting legacy, something very tangible because focuses on the very roots of the city: the youth.

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During the last 12 months, FIRS, the Bureaux of Sport, the Mayor and all the staff they have been working hard, meeting few times in Rome and in Nanjing to pragmatically transform and idea into reality. This is a 5-year project that and it will shape the city through World Championships, events, happenings, training courses, roller schools, a yearly non-competitive roller marathon open to everybody, a museum: All of them focused on the Roller Sports.

The signature of the contract added one more important milestone on this collaboration that enters now in the operational phase for the Speed World Championship in 2016 – whose new beautiful headquater has been inaugurated during FIRS visit – the Roller Olympic Museum and the World Roller Games in 2017.

It has been a busy week for the FIRS delegation composed by Mr Aracu, Mr Masserini, Mr Paniagua, Mr Zistler, Mr Chua and Mr Zangarini. Together with the Chinese Roller Skating Association, represented by Mrs Liu and Mr Qiang, and the City of Nanjing delegation, they all worked hard to make priorities on all the Roller events during the next years and what needs to be done in order to create solid basis on the creation of Nanjing as capital of Roller Sports. The Bureau of sport has clear ideas about the development of the sport within the youth and transformed abandoned areas in skate tracks: 4 tracks have been already built in Nanjing and one of them is a 200mt bancked track, perfect for international top competitions.

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They also involved 16 primary schools and more than 50K kids, but their targets are even more impressive: in the next 4 years they want involve 60 schools and more than 200K kids! There was also the opportunity to screen the facilities for the Roller Games: many venues with 3000-5000 seats can be used during the Roller Games and the Olympic Stadium, with 10000 seats, should be perfect for the artistic skating competitions. On August, the biggest Asian indoor stadium – 20.000 seats – in the Olympic Park will be finished and available for the Roller Games.

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The FIRS delegation had the chance to visit both the new clubs and the new venues that are already part of the Nanjing landscape and culture. But, most of all, they could give the Roller Games venues a once over: the dream to gather all the Roller Sports World Championships take the shape of the City that, after hosting the YOG, is now, more and more, a City for the Youth!

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