Roller Derby Books
Roller Derby Videos
FIRS Executive Committee Rejects Catalonia
President Oliveras Expected to Present His Resignation at the Fresno Congress
The Executive Committee of the International Roller Sports
Federation (FIRS) reversed their provisional recognition
of the Catalonian Roller Sports Federation on November 25, 2004 and the president
of FIRS is expected to present his resignation
on November 26, 2004 at the FIRS Congress in Fresno, California.
A grave President Oliveras speaking to the international press
on November 25, 2004, after the FIRS Executive Committee reversed
their provisional recognition of the Catalonian Federation, a decision
he believes will negatively affect the future of the sport of traditional roller hockey.
On November 25, 2004, the Executive Committee of the International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS)
reversed the provisional recognition they granted to the Catalonian Roller Sports
Federation at the March 2004 FIRS Congress in Miami, Florida. That decision was made after
the Executive Committee considered a protest filed by the Spanish Federation. The Spanish
Federation disagreed with the recognition of the Catalonian Federation because Catalonia
is a region within Spain.
President Oliveras announced the decision at a November 25, 2004 press conference
in Fresno, California, and after he
spoke, both the Spanish and Catalonian Federations made formal statements to the press.
I was present at the press conference, but I must be
careful about what I report because the press conference was in Spanish, and my
understanding of the Spanish language is limited.
The information I am reporting here came from press conference attendees on both sides
of the situation who were kind enough to try and keep me informed about what was being said.
Here is my understanding of the current situation, based on my discussions
with journalists at the press conference:
The press trying to get a statement from the Spanish Federation
The March 2004 FIRS decision to provisionally recognize Catalonia
was reversed by the FIRS Executive Committee after a protest filed
by the Spanish Federation was considered.
Isidro Oliveras, the president of FIRS announced that he will
present his resignation at the FIRS Annual Congress on November 26, 2004.
President Oliveras does not believe the
Catalonia recognition should have been reversed, and he believes the
admission of the Catalonian Federation would
have helped to revive the dying sport of traditional roller hockey.
The Catalonian Federation plans to present an appeal at the FIRS
Congress on November 26, 2004, asking the Congress to overturn
the decision made by the Executive Committee on November 25, and
reinstate the provisional recognition of Catalonia.
The Catalonian Federation speaking at the press conference
FIRS President May Resign Over Catalonia
Catalonian Team Wins World Championship for Spain
13 Federations Granted Provisional FIRS Affiliation
More About the FIRS Catalonia Controversy
Skating in Africa
Skating in Asia
Skating in Europe
Skating in Oceania
Skating in The Americas
Inline Skate Shop
Roller Skate Shop