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Lima secures 2021 World Roller Games under FIRS hosting deal

The International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS) has signed a long-term hosting agreement with Peru which will culminate with Lima staging the 2021 World Roller Games, while the federation has furthered its development strategy by partnering with Italian company Filmmaster Events.

The agreement with the Peruvian Olympic Committee and the country’s capital city comes after Barcelona held off the challenge of Lima to be awarded the inaugural edition of the World Roller Games in February. The 2017 Games will mark the first time that all roller sports disciplines will be centralised in one major event.

The Peruvian partnership involves five stages of the Roller World Cup from 2016 to 2020 and the third edition of the World Roller Games in 2021. The Roller World Cup is a new concept from FIRS consisting of three days of roller freestyle, skateboarding and open roller marathon across four global events.

FIRS president Sabatino Aracu said: “Roller sports enthusiasts will come from all over the world to the Peruvian capital to follow high-level events and I am sure that we can count on an organisation able to exceed any expectation.”

In other news, FIRS has appointed Filmmaster Events as its corporate advisor. The first projects under the initiative include support for the federation for the candidacy of its sports in the schedules of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The two disciplines that are going to be proposed for the Olympic Games are speed and skateboarding.

Filmmaster Events said it is already working on the creation of projects whose purpose is to involve the public and the media to bring them closer to these sports categories at different levels.

Antonio Abete, chief executive of Filmmaster Events, said: “The partnership with FIRS is a forward-looking project, and it is highly strategic for Filmmaster Events. With this operation we open up to the sports industry, which we have known for years for several reasons. We produced Rio 2016 Olympic ceremonies and we have always been in charge of organising the main sports events in the world.

“We have a strong know how, but we still have a lot to learn from this sport, which has a long history. We will give our support to the federation and its renewal, and we will do it by creating some sport entertainment formats. We want the public to get in contact with these sports, which are extremely entertaining, especially for young people. Together we will build the new image of the federation.”