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FIG Researching Parkour as New Discipline
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The first meeting of the Executive Committee at the FIG Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, Feb. 21-23, yielded an interesting new direction. Following is an excerpt from the press release:

Developing a new discipline
Following a presentation and research into parcours d'obstacles (obstacle course competitions) and parkour, already part of the work of many national gymnastics federations including Sweden, The Netherlands and Belgium, the Executive Committee agreed the development of a related FIG discipline. The Executive Committee has mandated the Presidential Commission to continue the development process.

"The FIG is excited to develop a new discipline based on both historical and contemporary sporting practices, in order to broaden even further the appeal of our sport. The FIG's work will be based on a clear understanding that parcours d'obstacles, or obstacle course competitions, are necessarily artificial. Meanwhile the FIG deeply respects the development of parkour as a non-competitive training methodology, based on obstacles that were not created as such, and with a particular philosophy emphasizing efficiency, usefulness and personal development," said FIG President Morinari Watanabe.


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