POSTED: February 9th 2009

Aracu leads roller sports' Games push

Sabatino Aracu re-elected in Rome / Image: FIRS
Sabatino Aracu re-elected in Rome / Image: FIRS

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

ROME:  Italy's Sabatino Aracu and Australia's Valerie Leftwich have been re-elected as president and first vice-president of the Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS) for potentially the most important year in the sport's history.

Aracu secured a decisive 125-48 victory in voting at Congress in Rome over vice-president Carlos Orlando Ferreira Pinzón. The congress was streamed for the first time so that representatives of all 116 national federations around the world could share the occasion. A good 84 NFs were represented at the Rome congress.

Ferreira said: “President Aracu knows that I will stand by him in the next four years, struggling together with him to be included in the Olympic Games and for whatever else concerning ideas and initiatives for the promotion of roller sports.”

Gianni Petrucci, president of the Italian National Olympic Committee, and IOC member Mario Pescante had welcomed delegates present in Rome.

Aracu said: “This Congress is a milestone for FIRS and we are ready to progress our bid to reach the Olympic Games in a professional way. We need everyone's involvement and support to make our dream true."

Roller sports is among seven sports vying to gain entry to the Olympic Games in 2016. The IOC decides in Copenhagen in October between roller sports and its six rivals - baseball, golf, karate, rugby union, softball and squash.

Keywords · IOC · FIRS · roller sports · Sabatino Aracu · Gianni Petrucci · Mario Pescante

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