Publication date : 27/11/2018
During its meeting last week in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Parkour Commission held important discussions ahead of the upcoming FIG Congress, which will take place from 2-3 December in Baku, Azerbaijan.
At the Congress, the General Assembly will vote to ratify the decisions of the Executive Committee and the Council to include Parkour as a new discipline in the FIG statutes.
It was in spring 2017 that this urban sport was brought under the aegis of the FIG, which organised the first Parkour World Cup events earlier this year in Hiroshima, Japan and Montpellier, France. The Commission confirmed that both of these cities will hold World Cup events again next year, from 19-21 April and 30 May-1 June, respectively. It was also announced that another World Cup competition will be held in China, in the city of Chengdu, from 6-7 April.
The first ever Parkour World Championships are scheduled to take place between May and July 2020. The Parkour Commission has asked national federations, who are interested in hosting this innovative event, to come forward.
First introductory courses, aimed at making national federations familiar with this exciting new discipline, will be held next month in Baku (4-5 December) and Doha (17-18 December). The interest shown so far in these courses by national federations has been remarkable and further opportunities will be offered in 2019. In addition, plans are under way to stage a number of judges’ courses and coaches’ academies next year.
The apparatus norms and the Code of Points for Parkour were other important topics discussed thoroughly by the Commission members during their recent meeting.
The Commission also looked back on the success of the Parkour Sports Initiation conducted last month during the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Every day, the initiation activities attracted hundreds of young people to the highly popular Urban Park, which hosted a range of innovative official sports and disciplines such as Basketball 3x3, BMX, Breaking and Sport Climbing.
The Parkour Commission also announced recent changes to its composition. The previous Commission President, David Belle (FRA), who had stepped back due to other professional commitments, is succeeded by Charles Perrière (FRA), who, like his predecessor, is one of the founders of Parkour. Micaela Buono Pugh from Argentina joined as the new athletes’ representative replacing Kamil Tobiasz (POL) and Aleksandra Shevchenko (RUS). In this position, Buono Pugh will also act as a member of the FIG Athletes’ Commission. Another new addition is Kazuyoshi Hariya from Japan. The Commission is also supported by a new Parkour Sports Manager, Jakub Koslacz, who took up his position with the FIG at the end of October. Additional members will be nominated to the Parkour Commission shortly.