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The FIRS Catalonia Controversy
On November 26, 2004, the International Roller Sports
Federation (FIRS) will vote on whether or not to finalize
the provisional FIRS affiliation that was granted to the Catalonian
Roller Sports Federation in March of 2004. FIRS recognizing
Catalonia and allowing them to have their own team
at international competitions has been a controversial topic within Spain,
because Catalonia is a region within Spain.
FIRS Rejects Catalonia - Oliveras Expected to Resign
On November 25, 2004 the Executive Committee of the International
Roller Sports Federation reversed their March 2004 recognition
of the Catalonian Roller Sports Federation
Will the President of FIRS Resign?
I have heard rumors that Isidro Oliveras, the president of FIRS
may resign if Catalonia is not recognized as a full member
at the November 2004 FIRS Congress.
Catalonian "Freedom" Wins a Gold Medal for Spain
A team from the town of Olot in Catalonia
won a world championship medal for Spain in the 2004 show skating competition on
Saturday, November 20. The theme of their beautiful
performance was "Freedom".
The FIRS Catalonia Controversy Heats Up
This blog is fascinating reading because it has news, updates, and quotes from VIPs about the
controversy surrounding the International Roller Sports Federation's provisional recognition
of the Catalonian Roller Sports Federation (visit the archive for this blog
to read all of the messages posted in October and November of 2004).
Article by Kathie Fry
(October 28, 2004)
This article is my response to Guido Ferraiulo's October
27th article, which I am linking to below. Here is what I think about the statements Guido
made in his article.
Article by Guido Ferraiuolo
(October 27, 2004)
PatinCarrera.com Webmaster Guido Ferraiulolo of Argentina does
not want FIRS to recognize the Catalonian Roller
Sports Federation and here are his reasons (from PatinCarrera.com)
Discussions of Kathie and Guido's Articles
Hyper Forum Discussion
Bont Forum Discussion
Catalonia Gets Its Skates On
(March 31, 2004)
This UK Guardian article by Giles Tremlett
says FIRS' provisional recognition of the Catalonian
Federation angered Spain's outgoing conservative government
and encouraged the Basque region's roller sports
federation to request FIRS recognition also.
Roller Sports: Setting the Precedent
(March 30, 2004)
This article on the official Web site of the World Games
says the FIRS recognition of the Catalonian Roller Sports
Federation will encourage other Catalan sports federations
to apply for full recognition by their international
The Wheels have Been Set in Motion
(March 30, 2004)
According to this article at Berria.info, the Spanish Supreme
Sports Council (CSD) planned to file an appeal
with the International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS)
requesting that the provisional recognition of the Catalonian
Federation overturned. The CSD also planned to send
protest letters to all of the national roller sports federations
of the world.
FIRS Provisionally Recognizes Catalonia
(March 26, 2004)
In March of 2004 the International
Roller Sports Federation (FIRS) provisionally
recognized the Catalonian Roller Sports Federation
and 12 other national roller sports federations.
In November of 2004 FIRS will vote on whether or
not that provisional recognition will become official.
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