53 registered nations for the Worlds in Oostende ! A record considering that last year, less than 40 countries participated to the World Championship in Italy.
53 nations are officially registered. However, the organizing committee let us know that Iran and Egypt delegations had met last minutes difficulties to get their visas. 51 nations are therefore supposed to be present in Oostende.
Concerning today's schedule : the opening ceremony will take place downtown in Oostende. It should start at 6:00 PM, while athletes from all over the world are expected at 6:30 PM. The Inline Speed Skating World Championship will be officially launched by 7:30 PM.