World Skate, the global governing body of roller skating sports, has appointed Argentina as host of its 2021 World Skate Games.
The selection of Argentina follows the success of last year’s summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires, where skateboarding, rink hockey, freestyle roller and inline speed skating all featured.
It also continues a recent hosting strategy by World Skate. The inaugural edition of the biennial World Skate Games was held in Nanjing in 2017, three years after the Chinese city hosted the summer YOG.
The 2021 World Skate Games will take place in Buenos Aires, Vicente Lopez and San Juan between October and November 2021.
Sabatino Aracu, World Skate president, said: “First with Nanjing and now with Buenos Aires, we confirm once again our ability to take up and carry on important legacies such as those deriving from the Youth Olympic Games.
“Our world has shown that it can reach out to young people and conquer them, inspiring passion and propensity for sporting activity. I am proud to be able to say that, whenever tested within the framework of an Olympic context, we have always exceeded expectations.”
Mario Moccia, Argentinian Olympic Committee secretary general, added: “Following the great success of the inline speed skating at the YOG and the strong interest raised by skateboarding and roller freestyle in the urban cluster, we couldn’t help but consider the opportunity to host the upcoming World Skate Games. I am sure that Buenos Aires, Vicente Lopez and San Juan will be the perfect setting for a young and vibrant event like the WSG.”
The Spanish city of Barcelona will host the second WSG from June 29 to July 14. Skateboarding is set to make its Olympic Games debut in Tokyo next year. In February it was named as one of four proposed additional sports for the Paris 2024 Games, with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to decide on these sports at the IOC Session in Lausanne, Switzerland from June 24-26.