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World Roller Games switches from Barcelona to Nanjing

The inaugural edition of the World Roller Games will now take place in the Chinese city of Nanjing in 2017 after Barcelona in Spain withdrew its hosting rights.

The International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS), the sport’s global governing body, awarded the event to Barcelona ahead of Lima in Peru at its Congress nearly a year ago in Rome, Italy. Lima then secured a series of FIRS events from 2016 to 2020 as well as the 2021 edition of the World Roller Games.

However, the 2017 edition has been switched to Nanjing, the host of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, after Barcelona’s new political administration withdrew its support, the FIRS said.

“Following the elections that have led to a radical change in the political-administrative leadership, the new city administration has considered (it) to be unable to guarantee the optimal organisation of the event for 2017 and has asked to be released from the commitments,” the FIRS stated.

The governing body added that Nanjing “has declared itself ready to organise the edition of the World Roller Games of 2017.” The final agreement will be signed on Monday, the FIRS added.