Roller Sports at the Olympic Games

In August 2009, the 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. Skateboarding as well as speed skating is believed to be the potential roller skating disciplines. The final decision of which sport or sports will be selected is not expected until August 2016.

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.

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