When will roller sports get into the Olympics? I bet it is on the tip of your tongue, too. Many skaters (both speed and figure) at the 2012 USA Roller Sports Nationals wondered why their sport is constantly overlooked by the Olympic committee. And now that we are back home, my young skaters and their families are asking me for an explanation of why roller no sports of any discipline are skating under the Olympic rings.
World renowned speed coach, Bill Begg, recently wrote a great response to an Inline Planet reader's question that is wrapped up with "What ever happened to the Olympic ideal: longer, faster, higher?" After all, that's exactly what roller sports have to offer.
The Federation Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS) is working hard to find solutions and promote all of the roller sports that are governed by the organization:
- Can Inline and Roller Skating Become Olympic Sports?
- The Olympic Status of Inline and Roller Sports
- The FIRS Roller for Olympics Presentation Videos
- IWGA Aims to Promote and Build Sports
- The World Games: An International Non-Olympic Multi-Sport Event
- Inline Racers Slide in Through the Ice Door
Now, roller sports are on a list of sports that are being considered for inclusion in the 2020 Olympiad. The sports on this list are baseball and softball (the two sports removed after the 2008 Games) as well as wakeboard, squash, sport climbing, rollersports, karate and the martial art of wushu. The 2020 sports program will be voted on by the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires in 2013.
Do you think we have a shot?