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45 days to the Summer Youth Olympic Games
there are 45 days to go to the beginning of the second edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games, during which the Roller Sports will be featured as a showcasing sport with the discipline of speed skating.
Since last December the IOC has informed us, we had been selected as one of the four showcasing sports, the enthusiasm for what we considered a possible way to enter the Summer Olympics is perhaps a bit dampened: then it seemed, in fact, that also for the 4 showcasing disciplines it was possible to make competitions with the assignment of titles and medals. The IOC, during the last months has instead decided to set otherwise the presence of the showcasing sports, introducing the concept of Sportslab: it is difficult to argue whether this is a step back or a step forward towards the Olympic Dream.
Together with you, I wish to thinking over it. A first consideration makes us definitely think: the Sportslab is an open concept event that we might consider a sort of test on the real appeal that each present sport will have on the audience, the media and on the boys and girls who will prove them in first person . Both the leaders of the IOC and the managers of the greatest networks of the world will attend to, pass me the term, "examine" the performances of our athletes, in order to evaluate both the athletic and the media potential. It will present an international audience, as well as attending events, will be able to wear skates and feel live the emotions that we all know very well. I think that, all things considered, the SportsLab could really become an opportunity to let everyone understand the complete and absolute value of our sport. And I would add that, in this operation, for the first time since we have been selected in the short list of the sports that could become part of the Olympic Program, the IOC has been on our side, supporting us both financially and organizationally.
I would like to make one final consideration: we cannot overlook the fact that we will be there, in Nanjing at the Youth Olympics !!! We will be among the 4 sports that the IOC has decided to closely examine, to carry out a 360 degrees view of all the aspects that characterize them: media, athletic and social activities. Probably the best presentation of our sport that we have been ever given to do ! Other sports, which had long since the ambition to become Olympic, have not had this opportunity.
In these 45 days, we will continue to work in the best way because our athletes will be given the opportunity to express all the passion and the spectacular nature of our sport.
A warm hug
Faltan 45 días a los Juegos de la Juventud