Roller Sports at the Olympic Games
What is Roller Sports?
Many people would not know what Roller Sports involves. It is quite a diverse mix of disciplines, including sprinting and endurance events, as individual and team competitions. Some events are held on the road and some on a banked track similar to that used for cycling.
Quest to be included
In August 2009, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted on which two sports to add to the program in 2016. Roller sports was one of the leading contenders, though it missed out when the sports of Golf and Rugby were selected. There was also moves to include skateboarding at the London Olympics, which could have occurred if they competed as a cycling discipline and not as a new sport.
In 2013, the sport was also on an eight sport list for possible inclusion in the 2020 Games, but did not make the final short list. They will continue to lobby for inclusion in future events.
Another vote to add a sport onto the 2020 Tokyo Olympic program in June 2015 found roller sports short-listed with another 7 sports. In August 2015, skateboarding and inline speed skating were the two disciplines put forward by the International Federation of Roller Sports (FIRS) during a presentation for inclusion at Tokyo 2020. Although speed skating was shortlisted, only street and park skateboarding events were ultimately put forward.
It is interesting that skateboarding is being being proposed, as the sport is not eligible to apply as an individual sport because the sport's two governing bodies (the International Skateboarding Federation and the World Skateboarding Federation) are both not recognised by the IOC.