The earlier schedule National Skating day which was to hold on the 27th May, 2017 has be postponed to the 10th June, 2017. The postponement was announced through a circular issued by kingsley Kedron Adimine, the Head of Technical Committee.
Skating is a recreational activity or sport which consists of traveling on surfaces or on ice using skates. In Nigeria, skating has always been considered as a recreational activity and is currently undergoing a rapid transition to introduce the roller speed skating as a sport.
On the international sense, roller speed skating, after being a demonstration sport at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) of Nanjing in 2014, joins the Buenos Aires 2018 Games program with medal assignment.
24 athletes, 12 men and 12 women will qualify from the ranking of the World Roller Speed Skating Championships 2018 and will compete for the title of Youth Olympic Champion in the Combined of 500mt, 1.000mt and 5.000mt Elimination races, both Women and Men, on the track.
Skateboarding in Tokyo 2020 and roller speed skating in Buenos Aires 2018 are the two roller sports officially incorporated in the Olympic Program: a clear acknowledgment of the great appeal that these disciplines have on the young people worldwide and their capacity of bringing freshness and innovation to the Games.
, the president of the International Roller Skating Federation (FIRS) stated; “It is the result of years of hard work to demonstrate how serious is of our Federation and how much roller sports deserve to be part of the Olympics. That’s also a recognition of the great job we have done in creating a strong legacy with Nanjing after SportsLab 2014”.
As for the IOC press release: “Roller speed is a completely new event on the Olympic programme at Buenos Aires 2018 and fits with local youth appeal and culture. Roller speed was part of the Nanjing 2014 Sports Lab, a concept that inspired the Buenos Aires 2018 organisers with their mission to bring sport, culture and education to young people”.