Thursday, August 30, 2012

Politic Killing Roller Hockey Now in Argentina

Once again politic and politics appears as the Devil in our sport. Moreover the example from Mexico, now it's time to conflicts in Argentina's roller hockey. As many fans know roller hockey is more famous in Cuyo region of Argentina, including two provinces of San Juan and Mendonza. Thus after some problems, that Rolling Together doesn't want to detail because is a real Novel, some San Juan people created a new Argentinean organism for roller hockey, named Argentina Roller Hockey Federation (FAHP), representing only this two provinces. Although the Argentina Roller Sports Confederation (CAP) didn't agree with such act and ask to FIRS to not official this new organism. So since the creation of this new federation CAP only represents clubs from the other provinces, Buenos Aires, Entre Rios and Cordoba. Until now the things are very hot between two sides and seems like babies discussions, communicates from one side to other side. 
One of the episodes finished today with the suspension of one of the most important International Tournaments in Argentina "Daniel Martinazzo" (see the document on image above). On the edition of this year was confirmed the participation of two of the best clubs in the world, Barcelona and Amatori Lodi. Due to all this problems concerning FAHP and CAP international recognition, Spanish Federation and Italian Federation obligated this two clubs to not take part in this competition, or could be punished. Thus FAHP in the person of it president has decided today the suspension of this tournament.  There's no idea when and how this situation in Argentina will end and what the consequences.
Now what's the image of roller hockey after one more game with our sport?? 
What is the justification to the kids that were dreaming to watch some of the best players of the World in San Juan and Mendonza?? 
This are things that all this politics that doesn't think about the future of our sport, but only in personal conflicts,  must stop think RIGHT NOW.
If not our Sport will DIE Day by Day!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Roller Hockey the Unique Roller Sport not present in 2013 World Games

Roller Hockey will not be played in 2013 World Games of Cali
During last month the discussion concerning the presence of roller hockey in Olympic Games took place. Why such beautiful sport is not included since 1992?
Well, one of the requirements of each sport that wants to be part of Olympic Games, is the inclusion in World Games. This competition was created to give an opportunity to all sports that want to be "Real Olympics".
The next edition will take place next year in Cali (Colombia), and should be expected the inclusion of roller hockey.
As all hockey lovers know roller hockey is played in many clubs in Colombia, and the federation is doing an excellent job about hockey promotion, although taking a look on official website of 2013 World Games it's possible to conclude that simply roller hockey is totally ignored in this edition.

The other 3 FIRS sports (artistic roller skating, speed skating and inline hockey) will have competition, so the question is:  
"What's wrong with our hockey, one of the origins of FIRS???!!!".

Reading the history of our sport, the last appearance of roller hockey in World Games was in 2001, in Akita (Japan). There were until now 5 editions where roller hockey took place in a total of 8.  

List of Winners in World Games, Roller Hockey Competition (source: Wikipedia)

This is a good subject to ask each candidate of CIRH Head. What's the plan to include Roller Hockey in World Games? It will be possible to see roller hockey in 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland??

Don't Give Keep Rolling Together!!!!!!!

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Tribute to the Best Roller Hockey Player Nowadays, Jordi Bargalló

As all the other sports roller hockey has players that play it like magicians and can create unique moments each match. After a lot of excellent players, at this moment there's one name, one man that all roller hockey fans agree as Best Roller Hockey Player, JORDI BARGALLÓ!!
Magicocentro and created a wonderful tribute video to show that Bargalló is a "name to remember". This video and the topic Best player of the World, could be a new initiative for Roller Hockey organizations, CIRH, FIRS and continental Confederations. Why not, as all the other sports do at this moment, CIRH and FIRS create an annual award where the best men and women players could be recognize as the best. This could be very important to promote roller hockey.
And now it's time to watch and enjoy!!!

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Future CIRH President as an Imperative Way of Roller Hockey Development

We know, it's time of Olympic Games, but there's something strange for Roller Hockey Lovers, a dream that only in Barcelona 92 was possible to come true... Roller Hockey in Olympic Games. This was possible at that time due to the big efforts of one REAL Roller Hockey Lover, somebody that wasn't afraid to stand up and say, I love this Hockey, I want it as Olympic sport, so let's do it!!! Mr. Juan Antonio Samaranch will have forever a special place due to his courage and capabilities to turn our dream real. After 20 years our sport is different, with a lot of challenges to face. FIRS is now more concentrated to see another roller sports in Olympics. Something must be done as soon as possible or roller hockey will be forgotten forever as a great and wonderful sport.

Thus CIRH appears as one of answers to turn this challenges opportunities of growth. In a year of president elections it is important to know who is cheffing this important Confederation, and also who wants to take the leadership of the actual president, Mr. Harro Strucksberg. Mr. Harro is from Germany and at the same time is the president of German Roller Sports Federation. During his presidential mandate was confronted with a lot of problems for example: the boycott of some countries to World Games (the way to reach Olympic Games), the Catalan victory in B World Cup and consequent place in A World Cup together with Spain, the Mexican Scandal, concerning the participation of an inline hockey team in Acobendas 2010 Women's World Cup, the substitution of San Juan as host city in place of Maputo (Mozambique) and now the problem with Argentinian Federations. In other hand he tried to improve roller hockey in other places of the world, for example with the creation of an African Roller Hockey Federation chaired by Joaquim Coimbra or the organization of the Roller Hockey Club's World Cup in Angola and Reus, that due to lack of candidatures disappeared.

A new candidature to CIRH presidency was announced by one of the main Roller Sports Federations, concerning roller hockey, the Spanish one, country that is at this moment the most powerful. Mr. Carmelo Paiagua is candidate as a response to Spanish attempt concerning international representativity in Roller Hockey. At this moment it is president of Spanish Federation, and has achieved several positive aspects. Who takes a look in Spanish website and all Internet strategy of this federation, can understand that is one of the best in roller sports. It is the unique federation which has weekly videos of all goals in National Championship. Furthermore had created big events as "Copa del Rey" or "All Stars Game" that are growing year by year. In last year conquered a position on TV with weekly  OK LIGA live broadcasts. However faces a big problem, roller hockey is excessively concentrated in Catalonia and is being a big challenge to turn it as a "Spanish Sport". For example the disappearance of CP Tenerife from Spanish championships and the low number of non Catalan teams from OK Liga are examples of this negative aspect. About the ideas of Mr. Cardenal to CIRH there's any public plan released until now, but of course there's a big expectation around it.


At least there's another candidature, this one from a somebody from Portugal. As Mr. António Aguiar referred to Macao's newspapers, is possible that the Women's World Cup in Brazil could symbolize a new Era in Roller Sports, with the end of the sad command of Mr. Sabatino (actual FIRS president). According to news, the president of Macao Roller Sports Federation, told that "there's a lot of people unsatisfied with Mr. Harro work during the last 10 years. Roller Hockey lost a lot of players", he says.  Until now there's any other news about this candidature, but assuming that Mr. Aguiar could have a special place in this leadership, could represent "fresh air" in roller hockey world. Coming from a small region, where roller hockey has a lot of problems, Mr. Aguiar could have the advantage to take the necessary importance to the challenges in countries where roller hockey is a vestigial sports, or even doesn't exist. For example this candidature means that Asia will not be forget it in CIRH decisions. But of course from Macao the news are not so perfect. Who takes a look to the panorama of roller hockey in this region sees that as "the number of players in the World decreased during Mr. Harro Era", also the same happened with Mr. Aguiar command in Macao. Further Macao's Championship doesn't exist since 2006 and the same happens with clubs having young players.

As Rolling Together wrote each candidate has their positives and negatives aspects, but all of us have one thing in mind, the next president must love our sport and defend as nobody did before, and must be sure that we are leaving in the XXI World Wide Web!!!!

Roller Hockey needs an excellent President to reach the way of Olympic Games!!

PS: Rolling Together will try to interview all the Candidates to CIRH presidency and develop this important topic, so if you have some question to our candidates send it to

Source of article:
Hoje Macau Newspaper
Spanish Roller Sports Federation