On Monday 1st February, the President of CONI, Giovanni Malagò, and IOC member Mario Pescante, a Permanent Observer of the International Olympic Committee at the UN, along with the FIRS President Sabatino Aracu and the Deputy Mayor of Nanjing, HU Wanjin, will sign - at the Sala Giunta at CONI's headquarters at 10am - the official agreement for the Chinese city to host the first edition of the World Roller Games in 2017. The ceremony for the official recognition of "Nanjing - World Capital of Roller Sports" will be held during the event. Nanjing already hosted the second summer edition of the Youth Olympic Games in 2014.
In a change to what was decided last February in Rome at the FIRS Congress, Barcelona will not be the city to host the first edition of the World Roller Games: radical political and administrative changes took place following elections and the new administration of the Catalan city was unable to guarantee the best possible organisation of the 2017 event and asked to be released from its commitment. However, this did not put a stop to the great project of bringing together all of the various Roller Sports World Championships into one big event: the huge success of the last edition of the Youth Olympics and the widespread appeal and popularity of Roller Sports, as demonstrated at the SportsLab during the Olympic Games, show that the city of Nanjing is ready and enthusiastic to organise the first edition of the World Roller Games in 2017.