Virar rolls out first roller sports centre

Around 800 skaters from 23 states in action for skating nationals at the newly constructed facility.

Around 800 skaters from 23 states will be seen in action in the Golden Jubilee (50th) National Speed Roller Skating Championship, 2013 which will be held at Ameya Classic Sports Club's newly constructed International standard Roller Sports Center at Yashwant Nagar, Virar (West) from January 21 to 25.

This was announced by Rajeev Patil, former Mayor of Vasai-Virar City Municipal Corporation, the man behind the project and P K Singh, President of the Skating Association of Maharashtra, who will be conducting the event under the aegis of the Roller Skating Federation of India.

It will be the first ever time in the history of the Roller Skating Federation of India that all events during the National Championship will held in one campus and more over on an International standard Synthetic Bank track and 425m Circuit Road built according to the latest international design, which according to P K Singh is the first of its kind in India. This will be the first time that a circuit road will be used for a road event in India in the National Championship.

Ameya Classic Sport Club will be the sponsor of these National Championships and is also providing 1 km circuit Road for the half marathon of Roller Skating in Yashwantnagar, Virar.

Roller Sports missed out on an Olympic berth for the 2016 Games, but now with all the Roller Sports (Free style, Alpine Skating, downhill, aggressive skating etc) coming under the umbrella of FIRS, the international federation is confident of Roller Sports being welcomed in to the Olympic family for the 2020 Games.

Last year 743 skaters had participated in the 49th National at Bangalore and this time the figure has gone up to 800, representing 800 states, among them, J&K, HP, Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, UP, Delhi, Rajasthan, MP, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry, Kerala and host state Maharashtra.

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