This week's column:
How to Join the International Skate World
Dec. 21, 2011
Hi, Bill. I am the secretary of a registered skating association in India. We are affiliated with our state Olympic association and have a network of more than 10,000 skaters. We are keen to associate with a recognized international skating organization. But we are not sure how to do this. Can you tell us? Regards, Arvind Gupta, Association of Roller Skating, Uttarakhand, India.
Hi, Arvind: The International Olympic Committee recognizes one organization as the official governing body for inline and roller skating: the Federation International of Roller Sports (FIRS).
For its part, FIRS recognizes — according to its website — one organization as the governing body for roller sports in your country: the Roller Skating Federation of India.
In order for your skaters to compete in continental and world championships, they must be affiliated with your national organization. That is the rule.
I realize this could be complicated for you in India, where there are several competing skate associations and it is unclear which one is running the show.
But unless FIRS recognizes a different national governing body, you must affiliate with the Roller Skating Federation of India if you want your skaters to be able to participate in national, continental and international competitions.
I hope this is something you can do.