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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.


FIRS President Isidro Oliveras
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 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.
Spanish Federation Speaking to the press
The press trying to get a statement from the Spanish Federation



Catalonian Federation speaking to the press
The Catalonian Federation speaking at the press conference



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