Roller sport in India

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Roller sport in India
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Inline roller skater on a slalom course
Country India
Governing body Roller Skating Federation of India
National team(s) India national roller hockey team
National competitions
International competitions
2 bronze medals in the 2010 Asian Games

Roller sport is popular as a recreational sport in India, specially roller skating for children, and it is gaining popularity as a competitive sport.[1][2][3] There are clubs in cities and towns, and roller skating is taught in some schools of urban areas.[4]


Roller sports in India are governed by the Roller Skating Federation of India, which was founded by S.P.Mumick in 1955.[5][6] Tulsi Agarwal has been a long time office bearer of the federation. Individual skaters are registered with a club. The clubs are registered with district associations, which are in turn affiliated with the state associations. The state associations are affiliated with the RSFI.[7]


Speed skating, artistic skating, and roller hockey are the three types of roller sports that are common in India.[7] Roller hockey is more popular in the north of India as compared to south India. The popularity of roller hockey is in part due to the popularity of field hockey, which is the country's national sport. Similarly, 'roller basketball' and 'roller cricket' is also played in parts of the country.[8]

Important venues[edit]

The roller skating rink at The Rink Pavilion in Mussoorie is one of the largest and most historic rinks in India. India's first international-standard banked track is at the roller sports centre in Virar, Mumbai.[9] The 50th National Speed Roller Skating Championships were held here in January 2013.[10][11] Another banked track is at the D.A.V. Public School in Faridabad.[12] A banked-track of international standards also been made at Viman Nagar , Pune , Maharashtra.


In the 2010 Asian Games, Anup Kumar Yama came won bronze in the men's single free skating long programme. Anup Kumar and Avani Bharath Panchal clinched another bronze in the pairs skating long programme.[13] The Indian contingent also performed well, winning 30 medals at the 14th Asian Roller Sports Championship in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.[14] An Indian schoolboy, Rohan Ajit Kokane holds the world record for Limbo skating.[15][16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "On Your Mark, Get Set, Skate.....?". Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Gujarat lets the good times roll". Indian Express. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  3. ^ "City on a roller-skater mode". Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Fun on wheels". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Welcome To Roller Skating Federation Of India". 2010-11-27. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  6. ^ "Roller Sports India". Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  7. ^ a b "Introduction to Skating in India".
  8. ^ "Roller cricket gaining popularity". DNA. 22 July 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Virar rolls out first roller sports centre - Indian Express". 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  10. ^ "50th Speed Roller Skating Championship kicks off at Virar on Monday - The Times of India". 2013-01-21. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  11. ^ "National Speed Roller Skating Championship, 2013 to be held in Mumbai". Frontier India. 2013-01-15. Archived from the original on 2014-10-13. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  12. ^ "The First Banked Skating Track in India". Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  13. ^ "Asian Games roller sports: India win two bronze". Manorama Online. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  14. ^ "India finish with 30 medals in Skating Championship : Sports, News - India Today". 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  15. ^ "11-year-old Indian roller skater breaks world record | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". 2012-07-27. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  16. ^ "Rollerskating Indian schoolboy among new Guinness records". NY Daily News. 2013-09-12. Retrieved 2014-06-18.

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