(ANSA) – ROME, JUN 28 – World street skateboarding lands in Rome, in the shadow of the Colosseum. From 29 June to 3 July over 250 athletes from all over the world will compete in the first stage approaching Paris 2024 at the Parco del Colle Oppio and Terme di Traiano. “Rome is leaving a fantastic trace, it is giving way to the most youthful sport and is becoming the Wimbledon of skateboarding” underlined Sabatino Aracu, president of Fisr. The event is part of a joint project between the International Federation of World Skate, Sport and Health and the Italian Federation of Roller Sports, under the aegis of the IOC, and will continue in the coming years, with the Eternal City hosting a of the stages of the “World Street Skateboarding Tour”. A discipline that “is part of urban sports and is growing strongly among young people, with an extraordinary social and sporting value for the country” added the Undersecretary for Sport Valentina Vezzali. On the other hand, the president and CEO of Sport and Health Vito Cozzoli talks about a successful bet. “Nobody expected it could be such a winning bet when we hosted the World Skate Championships at the Foro Italico in full pandemic. The hope is that that success can be repeated because street skateboarding is a driving tool for sports practice”. For this reason Sport e Salute will launch a program that will unite urban sport and art, bringing it to schools.
And from here the general manager of Sport and Health, Diego Nepi, also starts. “The World Skate Championships, organized in the heart of Rome, are the metaphor of the commitment of Sport and Health because they represent a sport that has grown in the streets, squares and parks of the big cities – right there where we work to renew the fresco of the country’s sporting practice – to the point of becoming an Olympic sport “. From tomorrow, in fact, the athletes will begin to compete in the shadow of the Colosseum in view of Paris. “It will be a long ride – said the # 1 of Coni Giovanni Malagò – today qualifying for the Olympics is as difficult as winning a medal”. (HANDLE).