On Monday 1st February, CONI President Giovanni Malagò, together with IOC member Mario Pescante, Permanent Observer of the Internation Olympic Committee at the UN, together with FIRS President Sabatino Aracu and Nanjing's Vice Mayor, HU Wanjin, will sign - in CONI’s Board Room at 10 am, the official agreement to assign to the Chinese city the first edition of the World Roller Games in 2017. In such occasion, the ceremony for the official recognition of "Nanjing - World Capital of Roller Sports" will also be celebrated. Nanjing has already the seat of the second summer edition of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
Contrarily to what decided last February in Rome during the FIRS Congress, Barcelona will therefore not be the seat of the first edition of the World Roller Games: following the elections that led to a radical change in the political and administrative management, the new administration of the Catalan city considered not to be able to guarantee the optimal organisation of the event for 2017 and asked to be able to withdraw from the commitments made. This nevertheless did not stop the great project to concentrate in a single great even the different World Tournaments for all disciplines on rollers: the city of Nanjing, on the back of the success of the previous edition of the Youth Olympics and of the enormous dissemination and popularity of Roller Sports, present as demo sport at the SportsLab during the Games, declared itself ready and enthusiast to organise the first edition of the World Roller Games of 2017.