A step closer to the IOC standards


I wish firstly to give my heartily thanks to the Korean Roller Sports Federation, the organising committee and the authorities in Anyang for performing world speed championships whose high quality standards find no match in the past of the roller sports history. Thanks to the precious work carried out by our friends in Korea we feel today a step closer to the standards requested by the IOC to sports entering the Olympic Programme, and this is a great deal because it means we are "rolling" the right way.

During my stay in Anyang, Dr. Marotta and I had pleasure in being received by Dr. Jung-Kil Kim, President of the Korean Olympic Committee. Dr. Jung-Kil shared our enthusiasm about the attractiveness of the korean speed worlds and he promised us that he will be on our side on the path to Olympia. On my way back to Italy I seized the opportunity to meet another important man of sports in Asia, Mr Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Japanese Olympic Committee, in Tokyo. Talking with Mr Takeda I gathered the same friendly and favourable atmosphere lived in Seul and this is extremely important, because our partners and friends are growing by number and importance day by day. I can't stress enough how in this time we should all draw lesson from the hard-working spirit of our eastern friends, they showed the right mentality and surely gave a tremendous contribution to our major goal. I am now back to work, inspired by the enthusiasm met in Anyang, that is why, once again, closing this short message, I wish to thank again my friend Kim Yong-woo, President of the Korean Roller Sports Federation, and all his staff, for the precious support given to the whole rollersports movement.

Sabatino Aracu
FIRS President