Aracu: “We want Rome to become the Wimbledon of skateboarding”

Street Skateboarding World Championships kicked off at the Foro Italico sporting complex in Rome and takes place until 6 June. It gathers 200 athletes from 40 countries and it is a qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics which got postponed last year due to the Covid pandemic. This is the first time that street skateboarding became an Olympic sport.

The finals will be held on 6 June where the top three male and three female skateboarders will qualify for Tokyo either by finishing on the podium or collecting enough points in the Olympic rankings.

Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi underlined Rome’s commitment to skateboarding thanks to the newly-inaugurated skate park in Ostia as well as other projects in the pipeline, reports Wantedinrome.

Sabatino Aracu, president of World Skate, said: “We want Rome to become the Wimbledon of skateboarding.”

Italy is pinning its hopes on Asia Lanzi from Bologna, while international talents to watch out for include Nyjah Huston from the US, Yuto Horigome from Japan, and Pamela Rosa and Leticia Bufoni, both from Brazil, reports Wantedinrome.

Furthermore, Rome is set to host the Open Street Skateboard from 2022 to 2025, an international event organised by government body Sport e Salute in collaboration with the Italian Roller Sports Federation.

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