Exclusive: Roller sports head slams IOC process

Sabatino Aracu, president of the International Federation for Roller Sports (FIRS), believes the International Olympic Committee (IOC) should scrap its sports application process.

Roller sports, along with wushu, sport climbing, karate and wakeboarding, failed to be shortlisted for the chance to join the Olympic schedule in seven years’ time. Instead, squash, wrestling and a joint baseball/softball bid will be vying for the final place at a vote in Buenos Aires this September. 

The IOC has come under criticism for the current process, after the governing body recommended wrestling be removed from the core schedule in February, only to give it a chance to be voted straight back in later this year.

Aracu told SportBusiness International today: “In my opinion, the entire selection process should be modified. We have lost any trust in it because, during the years, we had a feeling that the people in charge of decisions do not really know the sports they are selecting, nor do they have the right instruments to make the decisions.

“In addition, we cannot understand the reason why the sports on the shortlist could not be part of the Youth Olympics’ programme, despite their undeniable appeal to young audiences, and that being on the shortlist is evidence that these sports are potentially ‘Olympic’ [standard].”

Most recent

Browning has marred thousands of once-valuable autographed baseballs, with the precise cause of the damage still unknown. Dennis Tuttle examines the impact on the baseball collectibles market

Dead since 1995, the revered Hall of Famer still commands a lofty position among baseball memorabilia collectors

Callum McCarthy looks at the various ways in which lesser-known European host cities are benefiting from staging a variety of international esports competitions.

Adam Nelson reports on how the International Cricket Council revamped its broadcast coverage ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, focusing on storytelling to attract new audiences and break digital engagement records