Parkour group urges IOC to reject its sport for 2024 Paris Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Organizers of the game of parkour urged the Worldwide Olympic Committee on Tuesday to reject including the obstacle-course-style street-running occasion to the 2024 Paris Olympics due to a dispute with the governing physique of gymnastics.

The Parkour Earth group has for years opposed what it calls a “hostile takeover” of the game by the Worldwide Gymnastics Federation, often called FIG.

“Sadly, FIG’s encroachment and misappropriation of our sport continues,” Parkour Earth wrote Tuesday in a letter to the IOC.

The IOC government board will meet Monday, and on the agenda is finalizing the sports activities program for the Paris Video games. Requests from governing our bodies so as to add medal occasions or modify current ones are anticipated.

FIG, which could have 18 medal occasions at subsequent 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics, is anticipated to ask once more for parkour’s inclusion. Paris is the place parkour was developed within the Nineties.

Parkour’s spectacular tips in an city setting have clear enchantment at a time when the Olympics are concentrating on a youthful viewers.

Skateboarding, 3-on-3 basketball and sport climbing will make their debuts in Tokyo, although the IOC declined FIG’s proposal of parkour. Break dancing will be an Olympic sport in Paris in 2024.

What counts towards parkour for the Paris Video games is the IOC’s coverage of including medal occasions that contain solely the present pool of athletes. The IOC doesn’t wish to enhance the general quota of 10,500 athletes competing in 2024, and parkour opponents are separate from FIG’s Olympic disciplines of inventive and rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline.

Regardless of the dispute with Parkour Earth, FIG plans to stage its first parkour world championships in March. Occasions in parkour velocity and parkour freestyle are scheduled to be held in Hiroshima, Japan.

“The collaboration is a pure match,” the Lausanne-based gymnastics physique has mentioned, “as a number of nationwide gymnastics federations affiliated with the FIG already supply parkour actions.”

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