World Skate endorses SLS events in advance of skateboarding's Olympics bow
World Skate, the new international governing body for skateboarding, has today unveiled an agreement with Street League Skateboarding, the organiser of the top professional tour in the sport, for the sanctioning of the SLS World Tour and Super Crown World Championships.
The two properties have the official backing of World Skate until 2022.
The "historic accord" comes ahead of skateboarding’s addition to the Olympic Games programme at Tokyo 2020, with the World Tour and World Championships to be the main path to qualification for the showpiece in two years’ time.
In a statement, World Skate said: “The alliance represents the dawning of a new era in sport, where the complimentary skills and experience of an international federation and the leading commercial enterprise in the associated sport are united to foster the global growth of the sport.”
World Skate was formed last year through a merger of FIRS, the international roller sports federation, and the International Skateboarding Federation, as part of efforts to clarify the governance of skateboarding ahead of its appearance at Tokyo 2020.
There are plans expand the World Tour to five two-day events in 2019, with open qualifying and double the number of competitors, and to evolve the format of the World Championships to make it more inclusive, and serve as a multi-day celebration of skateboarding and its culture.
In addition, there will be a focus on increasing female participation through a ‘path to pro’ initiative, and, from 2019, all events will include a women’s competition.
World Skate and SLS have made a joint financial commitment to contribute to the growth of skateboarding worldwide, with plans for a multi-year programme to promote the sport as a vehicle for development and empowerment and education for young people in each of the host cities for the World Tour and World Championships.
Sabatino Aracu, the president of World Skate, said: “This alliance is indeed a huge step towards what World Skate has envisioned for Skateboarding: uniting the professional and grassroots components of this multi-faceted sport while supporting the growth of Skateboarding all around the world.
“I’m confident that World Skate and SLS will be working closely to make this happen and further spreading the joy of Skateboarding to youth worldwide.”
SLS chief executive CJ Olivares added: “Skateboarding is an enormously positive force in the lives of young people, and our new alliance with World Skate offers us a rare opportunity to expand its influence and participation by sharing with the world what makes skateboarding unique and compelling.”