|Founded||21 April 1924|
|Affiliation||International Olympic Committee|
|Affiliation date||September 2017|
|Headquarters||Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland|
|Replaced||International Skateboarding Federation|
World Skate is the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognised organisational body for roller sports. The organisation is the successor of the Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS) and was formed via the merger of the FIRS and the International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) in September 2017, after FIRS was selected by the IOC as the world governing body of skateboarding in preparation for the scheduled skateboarding events at the Japan 2020 Olympics.
World Skate serves as the international governing body for:
- Artistic skating and inline figure skating
- also governed and organized by the independent and unaffiliated World Inline Figure Skating Association (WIFSA)
- Inline Alpine skating, also called inline racing
- Inline downhill skating, in partnership with the International Inline Downhill Association (IIDA)
- Inline freestyle skating, also called freestyle slalom skating
- Inline hockey, also called roller in-line hockey
- Rink hockey, also called roller hockey or quad hockey
- Roller derby
- Roller freestyle, also called aggressive inline skating, street skating, or rolling
- Scootering, also called freestyle scootering
- Skate cross
- Speed skating (inline and roller)
World Skate was established as the Fédération Internationale de Patinage a Roulettes (FIPR) on 21 April 1924 as an organ for creating multinational European championship tournaments for roller sports. The founding meeting was organized by Fred Renkewitz and Otto Myer and included representatives from France, Germany, Great Britain, and Switzerland. Renkewitz served as president of the FIPR from its founding in 1924 until 1960.
The FIPR began organizing World Championship events in the later 1930s, with the first Rink Hockey World Championship hosted in Stuttgart in 1936. The inaugural Speed Skating World Championship was held in 1937–38, with events in Monza, Italy; London, United Kingdom; and Ferrara, Italy. After a pause to all sport competition during World War II, the World Championships resumed in 1947 and the first Artistic Skating World Championship was held in Washington, D.C., United States.
During the 1960s, the organization was recognized by the International Olympic Committee and the governing body for all roller skating sports and renamed as the Fédération Internationale de Roller Skating (FIRS). It gained member status in the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) in the 1970s.
Artistic skating, rink hockey, and speed skating remained the principal sports regulated by FIRS until inline hockey was included in the 1990s, with the first Inline Hockey World Championship held in 1995. At the FIRS Congress in 2000, a vote approved the modification of the name from Fédération Internationale de Roller Skating to Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports; the FIRS acronym remained unchanged.
The FIRS continued to expand the scope of its governance to additional roller sport disciplines and, by 2017, it served as the governing body of ten sports. The inaugural World Roller Games in 2017 served as the world championship for all ten of the FIRS' governed sports, merging the various world championship tournaments into a two week skating event hosted in Nanjing, China. The second World Roller Games were held in 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.
The FIRS rebranded as World Skate after merging with the International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) in June 2017. Along with the rebrand, the World Roller Games were renamed the World Skate Games. The 2022 World Skate Games in Argentina will be the first edition to utilize the new name.
World Skate Games
The World Skate Games are a multi-sport event that serves as the World Championship of eleven disciplines: alpine, artistic, inline downhill, inline freestyle, inline hockey, rink hockey, roller derby, roller freestyle, scooter, skateboard, and speed.
The first edition of the event was hosted in Nanjing, China during September 2017 as the 'World Roller Games.' Over 3,000 athletes, 193 national teams, and 61 national federations participated in the fifteen-day festival, which named world champions in ten sports.
The second edition of the World Roller Games attracted more than 4,000 athletes to Barcelona, Spain during July 2019. Seventy-six national federations participated in eleven sports.
The third edition of the event – the first to be contested under the rebranded 'World Skate Games' moniker – was originally scheduled to take place in during October and November 2021 in the host cities of Vicente López, Buenos Aires and San Juan, Argentina. It was later announced that the Games would be postponed until 2022 due to scheduling conflicts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic but were expected to be hosted in Argentina as originally planned.
Skateboarding events have been introduced for the 2020 Summer Olympics, with two events: park and street. Much like BMX cycling, the park event will feature what resembles an empty swimming pool. Competitors will have three timed runs for tricks. On street, there will be ramps and rails for routines and tricks. A total of 80 spots will be available, with a maximum of 20 competitors per event. Each country may enter up to three athletes in each event.
Youth Olympic Games
Roller sports have been represented at the World Games since the first games, held in 1981. Both artistic skating and inline speed skating track have been featured at every holding of the Games, and either roller hockey or inline hockey has been featured at all but the 1997 World Games.
The International World Games Association (IWGA) announced on 16 April 2018 that four roller sports would be included in the 30 official sports competing for gold at the 2021 World Games, during 15–25 June in Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham marks the 40th anniversary of the event which will feature 3,600 athletes from more than 100 countries. This the first time the World Games has returned to the United States since 1981.
On the programme for the 2021 World Games are four roller sports disciplines; artistic skating, inline hockey, and two speed skating types, road and track. Roller sport is the only sport-type on the World Games programme to be represented in three separate clusters, with speed skating categorized with "Trend Sports," artistic skating with "Artistic Sports," and inline hockey with "Ball Sports."
World Urban Games
- Artistic Skating World Championship
- Inline Hockey World Championship
- Roller Derby World Championship
- Roller Hockey World Cup
- Freestyle Skating World Championships
- Inline Alpine World Championship
- Inline Downhill World Championship
- Inline Freestyle World Championship
- Speed Skating World Championship
- World Scootering Championship
- World Skateboarding Championship
- Asian Inline Speed Skating Championship, since 1985
- African Inline Speed Skating Championship, since 2017
- European Inline Speed Skating Championship, since 1989
- Ocean Inline Speed Skating Championship
In May 2019, Panam Sports announced that skateboarding had been removed from the roller sports program for the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima because World Skate could not guarantee that the best possible athletes would be in attendance. World Skate had scheduled a World Tour event with dates that overlapped with the Pan American Games. Tensions between the organizations were already high, as World Skate had refused to authorize the competition as an Olympic qualifier.
World Skate comprises five continental areas, each involved in organising their own regional competitions:
- World Skate Africa
- World Skate America (CSP Confederacion Sudamericana de Patinaje)
- World Skate Asia
- World Skate Europe
- World Skate Oceania
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