Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports
|Type||Federation of national associations|
|Affiliations||International Olympic Committee|
The Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS; English: International Federation of Roller Sports) is the world governing body for roller sports, including skateboarding, rink hockey, inline hockey, speed skating, inline alpine, downhill, roller derby, roller freestyle, inline freestyle and artistic roller skating. It was established in April 1924 in Montreux, Switzerland by two Swiss sportsmen, Fred Renkewitz and Otto Myer, who had close connections to the International Olympic Committee.
The FIRS gathers more than 100 national federations, including countries from every continent and they are affiliated with the International Skating Union. Park terrain skateboarding will become an Olympic sport in 2020.
The FIRS aims to foster the Roller Sports movement and participation on a global scale. Its areas of responsibility are as follows:
- Administration and Regulations
- Organizing international competitions
- Developing the movement worldwide
The authority of FIRS is recognized by the following organizations:
- International Olympic Committee (IOC)
- General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF)
- International World Games Association (IWGA)
- Pan American Sports Organization (PASO)
FIRS recognizes the following continental confederations:
- Africa - African Confederation of Sports of Roller Skating (ACSRS)
- Europe - Confédération Européenne de Roller Skating (CERS)
- Asia - Confederation of Asia Roller Sports (CARS)
- Oceania - Oceania Confederation of Roller Sports (OCRS)
- The Americas - Confederación Panamericana de Roller Sports (CPRS)
Each continental confederation comprises or recognizes, in turn, various national governing bodies and associations.
Skating is considered to be one of the most complete physical exercises that exist and enjoys huge popularity on a world level. According to the latest estimations, there are more than 40 million habitual users of recreational skates throughout the world.
Current FIRS Roller Hockey Competitions
- Club Competitions
- National Teams Competitions
The first edition of the World Roller Games will take place in Nanjing in 2017 and not in Barcelona, which was awarded during the FIRS Congress. Barcelona will host the 2019 Games and Lima the 2021 edition.
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- "FIRS President awards Nanjing "world capital of roller sports" title".
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