FIRS Roller for Olympics

リーマンショック後、経済的影響が少ないと思われていた日本経済にも、ジワジワと世界的不況が忍び寄ってきました。これで不況発信源アメリカの2016年シカゴ・オリンピックは消えたと言う人がいれば、だからこそシカゴと言う人もいる。まだまだ、Chicago / Madrid / Rio de Janeiro / Tokyo のオリンピック開催地争奪戦は横一列に並んだ状態です。それより気に成るのが、Roller Sports の競技参加の行方です。14日にはIOC関係者に対するプレゼンテーションが行われたそうです。その資料、12分ほどのビデオがネットで公開されました。

Roller for Olympics

by FIRS Secretariat (Nov. 15, 2008)
On 14th November in Lausanne, as well as the other 6 sports candidates to be introduced in the Olympic Games Programme, FIRS had the opportunity to present Roller Speed Skating Proposal to the IOC Sports Commission.

The International Federation of Roller Sports showed five videos presented by FIRS President, Mr Aracu, FIRS Secretary General Mr Marotta, and by the 18 time Roller Speed Skating World Champion, Derek Parra. After the presentation, FIRS Managers and the two Roller Sports Ambassadors - Derek Parra and Ippolito Sanfratello - answered to the numerous questionsput by the IOC Sports Commission. At the end, there was a meeting with journalists interested in our candidature. For more details go to the editorial and to watch the video back in the home page


Roller for Olympics Videos

by FIRS Secretariat (Nov. 17, 2008)
Dear friends of rollersports, the 14th of November was an important date for roller sports because we showed to the IOC Sports Programme Commission how amazing and wonderful our world is.

Derek Parra and Ippolito Sanfratello - Roller Speed Skating World Champions and Ice Skating Olympic Gold Medals
You can have a look to the videos we presented in the IOC Headquarter in Lausanne, following the links below.
Federation International de Roller Sports: Roller for Olympics
FIRS Roller TV

http://www3.rollersports.tv/
SkateLog Forum: Possible skating @ 2016 olympics! (Seven sports make case for place at 2016 Olympics)
HYPER-RACE 2008: Roller Sports Closer To The Olympic Games (Nov. 13, 2008)
Around the Rings: Speak Up Now to Change Olympics (Nov. 14, 2008)
Inline Skating Notebook: FIRS Amazing Rollersports (Jul. 19, 2008)

Ippolito Sanfratello promotes speed skating to Olympic Committee

Ippolito Sanfratello, along with Derek Parra and Roberto Marotta, had a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on the 14th of November. Their mission: to promote speed skating to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Vincent Esnault, (Nov. 18, 2008)
The three personalities have been chosen as some speed skating ambassadors. Ippo and Derek were several times World Champion in the past, and they switched to the ice to conquer the Olympic title. Roberto Marotta is the former FIRS General Secretary, and was World champion as well. They proved our Federation was able to produce Olympic champions, but is still not scheduled into the Olympic program!

The delegation showed to the IOC Sport Commission five short videos to give them a taste of roller sports and to invite them to enter into our world. They told them that our Federation represents many disciplines: speed skating, figure skating, rink hockey, inline hockey, downhill, freestyle and skateboarding. They explained that they chose speed skating for the Olympic program, as it was the better issue of the moment for our Federation and the IOC.

After the first video, Derek Parra talked with passion about speed skating and his experience as a speed skater that had to leave his sport to achieve the Olympic Dream. Roberto Marotta then explained the technical elements of our proposal for the Olympic Games: 5 men’s races and 5 women’s races in 3 days. 50 women and 50 men selected on a continental basis could be admitted at the Olympic Games to compete, on track or on the road on the following distances: 500m sprint; 1000m, 10km elimination, 15km points and marathon distance.
Team Rollerblade: Ippolito Sanfratello promotes speed skating to Olympic Committee
Dear friends of rollersports.org,

I am very proud to tell you about the important meeting FIRS had in Lousanne on the 14th of November. We had, for the first time, the opportunity to show to the IOC Sports Programme Commission our sport.

At the table, to tell to the IOC Memebers about our world, were with me 3 former athletes of roller speed skating, acting as ambassadors of roller sports.

As you already know, myself I am a former athlete, Roberto Marotta, former World Champion, as the FIRS Secretary General, Ippolito Sanfratello who was 8 times World Champion and Derek Parra, who won Speed Skating World Champioships 18 times.

But Ippolito Sanfratello and Derek Parra are also Olympic champions in ice speed skating.

At the end of their career as roller speed skaters, to won the only Medal they never had the chance to win, the Gold Olympic Medal, they had to switch to the ice.

But their hearts still beat for roller sports, and they were with us in front of the IOC Sports Commission to testify it.

Moreover, our Federation is the only one that has produced Olympic champions without being an Olympic sport.

We showed to the IOC Sports Commission five short videos to give them a taste of the roller sports and to invite them to enter our world. We told them that our Federation represents many disciplines: speed skating, figure skating, rink hockey, inline hockey, downhill, freestyle and skateboarding.

And we explained them that, among all these disciplines, we have chosen speed skating for the Olympic program, because we believe that in this moment, roller speed skating is the one that better suites the IOC requests.

After the first video, I left the floor to Derek Parra, who with his passion talked about Roller Speed Skating and told to the IOC Members his experience as a speed skater that had to leave his sport to achieve the Olympic Dream. Roberto Marotta explained the technical elements of our proposal for the Olympic Games: 5 men’s races and 5 women’s races in 3 days.

50 men and 50 women selected on a continental basis could be admitted at the Olympic Games to compete, on track or on the road on the following distances: 500mt sprint; 1000 mt; 10 km. Elimination; 15 km points and marathon on road of 42,195 km.

And now, I invite you to have a look to the videos we showed. You can find them on the home page of FIRS website and, in the next days on FIRS WebTV.

A sport hug to the whole world of roller skating,

FIRS President
Sabatino Aracu
Federation International de Roller Sports: Editorial

Olympic Aspirants: Presenting in Lausanne

(Nov. 20, 2008)
On 14 November seven sports made their case in Lausanne, Switzerland, seeking inclusion in the Olympics, competing for two spots on the program for the 2016 Summer Games.

Baseball, golf, karate, rugby, softball, roller sports and squash made hour-long, closed-door presentations to the International Olympic Committee's Program Commission.

The 16-member commission will deliver an influential report to the IOC's top decision-making body before a vote on the 2016 schedule to be held next year in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The seven sports were rejected for the 2012 London Games program in voting by more than 100 IOC members three years ago. Baseball and softball were dropped, while the other five failed to gather enough support to join the existing 26 core sports on the Olympic program. IOC Sports Director Christophe Dubi said the sports had passed an important milestone.'It is the first time they meet and have the possibility to sell their proposition to the members,' he said.

The Program Commission, including eight IOC members and eight administrators from other sports (IWGA President Ron Froehlich is one of them), asked the candidates to demonstrate they could appeal to a global audience and young people, would bring their best athletes to the games and could comply with World Anti-Doping Agency standards.

Rugby fell from the Olympic program in 1924 and seeks to come back with the seven-a-side version for men and women, rather than the more established 15-a-side competition.

International Rugby Board Chief Executive Mike Miller said that rugby sevens was a proven success at The World Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, and was being added to the Pan-American and African Games schedules. 'It is a format that works incredibly well over two or three days with packed houses,' he said.

World Karate Federation President Antonio Espinos said the sport had 180 national federations and promoted values of fairness and discipline. 'We want to have increased resources to spread the social and educational values of karate,' Espinos said. He said he answered IOC concerns about how contestants could protest the judging of bouts across 10 classes, five each for men and women.

The International Federation for Roller Sports proposed to stage 10 races, five each for men and women from sprints to marathons raced on road or track. Roberto Marotta, the IFRS Secretary General, said the sport was young and dynamic and would bring 100 athletes to compete over three days. 'You can see millions of people skating all around the world,' Marotta said. 'They should like to see their sport in the Olympics.'

The World Squash Federation proposed to stage 32-player singles tournaments for men and women played in mobile glass courts at television-friendly places.

'When you put a glass court in an iconic location it always has this appeal,' WSF president Naresh Ramachandran said.

The WSF delegation was introduced by IOC member Prince Tunku Imran of Malaysia, who led a previous bid for Olympic status in 1989.

The Program Commission will meet in May 2009 before presenting its report to the IOC Executive Board.

The board meets in Lausanne in June to hear each sport's second presentation and decide whether to cut some from the list offered to the full IOC membership. A simple majority is needed for a sport to be voted onto the program.
International World Games Association: Olympic Aspirants: Presenting in Lausanne

WADA says roller sports falls short on drug testing

by Robert (Nov. 28, 2008)
The World Anti-Doping Agency says roller sports does not have an adequate out-of-competition testing program. This could hurt roller sports' standing among the seven sports trying to win a spot in the 2016 Summer Games.

Roller sports is one of more than a dozen sports criticized in WADA's new compliance report:

Here are the two sections of the main report that mention roller sports:
2) Enforcement of the anti-doping rules
WADA has requested all Federations to provide evidence that they are conducting a consistent Out-of-Competition testing program. Most of the Federations have responded to this request. WADA has also based its assessment on its own knowledge of the testing activity conducted by signatories and on other available information.
As of today, the following Federations appear not to have yet a consistent Out-of-Competition Testing program in place: Air Sports (FAI), Bandy (FIB), Chess (FIDE), Motorcycling (FIM), Polo (FIP), Bowling (FIQ), Roller Sports (FIRS), Cricket (ICC), Sumo (IFS), Surfing (ISA), Water Ski (IWSF), Wushu (IWUF), Tug of War (TWIF), Mountaineering and Climbing (UIAA), Bridge (WBF) and Billiards Sports (WCBS).
On 8 October 2008 WADA addressed formal correspondence to each of these Federations asking them to provide evidence that could cause WADA to change its assessment, but since then has not received any information justifying the exclusion of any Federation from this category.
WADA recommends to the Foundation Board that for the current Code-compliance exercise these cases be considered as cases of non-compliance, taking into account the consideration that the establishment of a consistent Out-of-Competition testing program is a compulsory requirement for IFs since the entrance in force of the Code on 1 January 2004. WADA will keep assisting and providing assistance to these Federations in the upcoming months in order to help them in establishing a consistent program.
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In accordance with Code articles 23.4 of the Code, WADA recommends that the Foundation Board declare non-compliant the following signatories:
1) International Federations
Olympic IFs: Gymnastics (FIG), Wrestling (FILA), Volleyball (FIVB), Handball (IHF) and Modern Pentathlon (UIPM) for not having show evidence of the establishment of a consistent Out-of-Competition program;
IOC recognized IFs: Air Sports (FAI), Bandy (FIB), Chess (FIDE), Motorcycling (FIM), Polo (FIP), Bowling (FIQ), Roller Sports (FIRS), Cricket (ICC), Sumo (IFS), Surfing (ISA), Water Ski (IWSF), Wushu (IWUF), Tug of War (TWIF), Mountaineering and Climbing (UIAA), Bridge (WBF) and Billiards Sports (WCBS) for not having show evidence of the establishment of a consistent Out-of-Competition program;
Inline Planet Skate Forum: WADA says roller sports falls short on drug testing

Roller Sports Non-Compliant WADA

by Bill Begg (Nov. 29, 2008)
Hi Skaters,

As many of us have thoughts on this subject,WADA with is recent announcement has confirmed, it has announced a number of sports are NON - COMPLIANT with out of competition testing,we are only one of a number of sports listed, some Olympic sports also, we are listed as an I.O.C. recognized Federation.

We are not showing evidence of the establishment of a consistant out of competition testing programme. " SO ITS TIME WE DID "

90% of the Drug cheats have got the timming right & are reading clear for the big competitions. The only way to catch the cheats who suddenly lose 10 kg & retain their strength & those who suddenly develope muscles, is out of competition testing.

We have seen the Saga of all the USA Olympic sprinters, who all tested clean at the time, but a squeeler was all that was needed to get amongst the Balco Mob & disgrace many previous Hero's for what they were "BLATANT CHEATS", as out of Calafornia & Miami this company & connections provided cheats with Turbo Charged fuel.

In recent times a drug scientist was kind enough to advise the authorities of the secret ingrediant which escaped the testers, then another mob were detected.

But for 2 year only Ban's, its not enough, DRUG cheats should be out for life, if its proven beyound any doubt. "CHEATS SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO PROSPER"

Lets hope in the countries where WADA should be watching, that out of competition testing gets more active.

When Bont had a training camp in Sydney Australia, there was an 8 am door knock & Christoph Luginbuhl & Marc Christen had to front up to be Drug tested, also in N.Z. many impromptu tests at home, or asked to report at 9am the following morning. This needs to happen in more countries than it currently does.

People from Colombia to Argentina, New Zealand, Italy, USA, Korea, France & many other countries will tell you its happening, so lets catch them, first off if you have any evidence, you should forward it to your sports WADA representative, in our sport its Dr.Patrica Wallace from West Australia.
Bont Skates Message Board and News: WADA says roller sports falls short on drug testing

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