Rome hosts the World Street Skateboard Championships
“We want Rome to be the Wimbledon of skateboarding.”
Rome will host the World Street Skateboarding Championships at the Foro Italico sports complex from May 30 to June 6.
The international event will serve as the qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which will take place this summer, in which skateboarding will make its debut as an Olympic sport.
The Rome event will see 200 athletes from 40 countries compete for six assists at the Olympics, postponed last year due to the covid-19 pandemic.
The final will take place on June 6 when the top three male and female skaters qualify for Tokyo either by finishing on the podium or by collecting enough points in the Olympic standings.
Italy is pinning their hopes on Asia Lanzi from Bologna, while international talent to watch include Nyjah Huston from the United States, Yuto Horigome from Japan, Pamela Rosa and Leticia Bufoni, both from Brazil.
The event was presented at the Colle Oppio skate park in Rome, located right in front of the Colosseum, on May 20.
Speaking at the launch, the city’s mayor, Virginia Raggi, said, “We want to promote the talent of young people by providing them with safe and suitable spaces where they can express themselves.”
The mayor, who is currently seeking re-election, highlighted Rome’s commitment to skateboarding through the newly opened skate park in Ostia as well as other ongoing projects.
Also present at the launch was Sabatino Aracu, President of World Skate, who said enthusiastically: “We want Rome to become the Wimbledon of skateboarding.”
In addition, Rome is expected to host the Open Street Skateboard from 2022 to 2025, an international event organized by the government body Sport e Salute in collaboration with the Italian Federation of Inline Skating Sports.
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