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FIRS approves name change to World Skate

The International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS) is set to take on a new identity ahead of skateboarding’s debut at the summer Olympic Games after the global governing body approved a name change to World Skate.

The change was first mooted in June, when FIRS and the International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) proposed a merger between the two organisations. The restructuring was subject to approval from the FIRS Congress, which has now given the green light to the move.

In a brief statement, FIRS said: “An historical day in Nanjing: the FIRS gives way to World Skate! The Congress approved the change of the name… World Skate will provide a more modern IOC-recognised platform for the management of all skate disciplines.”

World Skate is set to be led by a commission chaired by ISF president Gary Ream. Skateboarding has secured a place on the programme for the 2020 summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan alongside baseball and softball, karate, sport climbing and surfing.