Thursday, July 21, 2005

The FIRS assembly will be held on the 24th of November

The next FIRS assembly, in which Catalonia will have another chance to be recognised as a full member of the FIRS, will take place in Rome on the 24th of November.
Following the decision of the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport), the voting of the assembly will have to be secret and on the agenda there will have to be room for Catalonia to expose their point of view and to defend their position.
The assembly will take place during the celebration of the 2005 World Artistic championships
Official website that Rome will host from November 17 until November 27.

Catalonia participates in the World Inline Cup

The Catalan Federation of Roller Sports has sent 2 teams to the World Inline Cup which is being held in Michigan (USA).
The teams are coached by David Planes (men) and Jordi Argullos (women).
The Catalan ladies have played 3 games so far and are third in their division, after beating USA 16U girls and Australia by 3-1 and losing to USA 18U by 9-1.

Full stats and standings: Catalan women team

The men team have also played 3 games with 2 defeats to USA 18U minor and USA 18U major by 6-7 and 1-5 respectively, and one draw 4-4 against Australia.

Full stats and standings :
Catalan men team

For more information about this tournament go to World Inline Cup

It is very exciting to see that despite all the difficulties, Catalonia is still represented all over the world. By the way, where is the Spanish team?

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The CAS decision can be read online

The CAS has published their decision in the case the Catalonian Federation filed against the International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS).
The document is only available in French and can be downloaded at

Happy reading!

Saturday, July 16, 2005

The Spaniards strike back (III)

The reactions on the Spanish side have been, as usual, very belligerent with the CAS decision.
The Spanish federation of roller sports in an official statement declared: "We respect but disagree with the CAS settlement. We are convinced that the Catalan federation will not be recognised as a full member of the FIRS. The Spanish national team is the only one who has international rights to compete internationally and the only one who will participate in the next World Cup in San Jose. The Catalan federation does not belong to the FIRS since that was the situation prior to the CAS decision."

According to the president of the Spanish federation Carmelo Paniagua, the repetition of the FIRS assembly will not alter the the previous outcome since he believes that the majority of federations agree with the Spanish position.
In the arrogant way that distinguises this individual, Paniagua said: "This is not a victory for the Catalans. This sentence will just prolong the agony of the Catalans as they will not be admited in the next assembly."

Well, I'm afraid this is not for you to decide Mr Paniagua...

Catalan reactions to the CAS' decision

The reactions to the settlement decided by the CAS have been numerous from both sides.
The encouraging resolution of the CAS has been celebrated by the Catalans as a new victory in the struggle to become an independent federation and hence to be able to compete internationally.

Rafel Niubo, Secretary of the Catalan Sports Council, stated yesterday that this is a victory for the Catalan federation: "The score is 2-1 to us now. The game is still on and this resolution give us strength because it shows that legally our dream is possible. The settlement shows that there is no law against the recognition of our federation."
Niubo sent a message to the Spanish Secretary of Sport, Jaime Lissavetzky, when he said: "we want to reach an agreement with the Spanish government. We have to redesign our relations so both national teams can compete internationally in a similar way to Great Britain with England, Scotland and Wales. However, it is not a legal issue anymore. It has now became political issue and it will only be solved with political negotitation. It has been the story of the 3 F's, Fresno, Fiasco and Fraud."

Ramon Basiana, president of the Catalan federation, stated: "we will now request the FIRS to invite us to the next World Cup in San Jose. We will also explain to the members of the FIRS rhe significance of the CAS resolution."

Friday, July 15, 2005

Catalonia will have another chance

The CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) has finally settle the appeal presented by the Catalan Federation of Roller Sports with regards the non-admission of Catalonia as a full member of the FIRS.
The decision of the CAS is to invalidate the resolutions of the FIRS Assembly of Fresno, in which Catalonia membership of the FIRS was taken away.
As we explained earlier on this blog, the chaotic assembly of Fresno was full of irregularities and the Catalans were confident all the evidence they had presented would be enough to invalidate the assembly.
More on the Fresno's assembly:

Fresno's Assembly

The decision of the CAS implies that there will have to be a new Assembly in which the admission of Catalonia will have to be discussed again. The CAS has also emphasized that the voting will have to be secret if at least 2 members of the FIRS ask for it.
In addition the CAS resolution has pointed out that the Catalan federation and their representatives will have the right to speak at the assembly and defend their position. Finally they have urged the FIRS to hold the assembly in less that 9 months from today's date.

The negative aspect of the resolution is the fact that the CAS has not recognised the Catalan federation the right to participate in the next World Cup A that will take place next August in San Jose (California).

Therefore, there we are again. All the Catalan diplomacy will have to start to work together in order to maintain the support we already had and to gain additional support from those countries that were simpathetic with the Catalan situtation.
As the president of the Catalan federation, Ramon Basiana, said minutes after the Fresno's assembly: "We have lost a battle, but there is still a war to be won."

The final!

It is expeceted that the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) will announce sometime this morning the decision about the appeal presented by the Catalan Federation of Roller Sports against the FIRS Congress in which the withdrawn of Catalonia as a full member of the FIRS was decided.
The CAS will inform Jean Louis Dupont, the Catalans' solicitor, whether this decision will have to be reversed or not.

Court of Arbitration for Sport

Fingers crossed...

Thursday, July 07, 2005

More than 30 die in London blasts

A series of bomb attacks on London's transport network has killed more than 30 people and injured about 350 others.
Three explosions on the Underground left 33 dead and an unknown number died in a blast on a double-decker bus.

From catalanhockey we would like to express our most sincere sympathy to the families and victims of those killed or injured and to all Londoners in general.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

London will host the 2012 Olympic Games

From Catalanhockey we would like to congratulate London as this city has been chosen to host the 2012 Olympics.
London beat Paris on the last round of the voting, after bids from Moscow, New York and Madrid were eliminated.

The Spanish athletes will have to wait. ;-)

Well done London!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Where is the real debate?

After reading some of the comments made on last Sunday's post it is clear the lack of debate existing at this time. Maybe we could all try to be more sensible and defend our ideas without having to attack someone else's. I do agree with some of the comments that some Spaniards cannot defend their legitimate ideas without being abusive and offensive. Many people visiting this blog have given valid argumentations for the admission of Catalonia as a full member of the FIRS. However, I cannot recall any unswerving argument made by any person against the recognition of Catalonia as their opinions seem to be only linked to the political situation and the fact that Catalonia belongs to Spain.

Spanish tactics
The two presidents
Spanish supreme sports council

No sporting issues (the ones that should really prevail) haven been mentioned by those against the recognition of Catalonia. What benefits for the sport of roller hockey would imply the recognition of Catalonia? What detriments and advantages, if any, would that represent for the Spanish federation?

CIRHS views
Oliveras de la Riva
Sport arguments

The real debate is not happening! In fact, there has not been a truthful regular debate since the controversy after the recognition of Catalonia in March 2004. The Spanish argumentation has always been the same. The Catalans are the only ones who have tried to put through coherent points of view and emphasized at all times that the real issue is a sportive and not a political one.

From Catalanhockey@blogspot we welcome the debate. We encourage EVERYONE to give their opinions in a polite and civilised manner although this, some, will never understand.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Catalunya has won the Tarradellas Cup

Catalonia has won the Tarradellas Cup by beating the local team Blanes by 2 to 0 in a very tight match. The first half ended goaless but 15 minutes into the second half Rodri scored the first goal of the match and in the 21st minute Quim Pujades scored the final 2-0.
Therefore, Catalonia has conquered this prestigious friendly tournament for the second year in a row.
Argentina has finished 3rd after defeating the Reno World Stars team by 4 to 3.

Congratulations Catalunya!

Catalunya to play in the final

Catalunya will play the final of the Tarradellas cup against Blanes this Sunday evening at 7pm.
Catalunya beat Argentina by 7 to 6 in the semifinals of this competition. The result is a refletion of an extremely exciting and even game in which the Catalan team has been always ahead. The powerful Argentinean team came back twice and was close to upset the Catalans. Catalunya lead by 4-1 half way through the first half with 2 goals of David Caceres, but the Argentineans levelled the game at half time thanks to the 4 goals of Payero. After the half time break, Catalunya score twice again and put the score 6-4. However, Argentina managed to level again and it wasn't until four minutes before the end that the Catalans scored the definite goal.
Hence, 7 to 6 for Catalonia and
the Catalans in the final once again.

The Catalan team Blanes will face Catalonia in the final after havind defeated the Reno World Stars team in the penalties shotout. The score after the normal time was 2-2.

Hence Reno World Stars will play Argentina for the 3rd and 4th place.

On the other hand Italy has finished the tournament in 5th position after beating Switzerland by 5-2.