FIG selects Hiroshima as host of first Parkour World Championships

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has announced today (Friday) that Hiroshima in Japan will stage the inaugural edition of its Parkour World Championships from April 3-5, 2020.

Hiroshima has experience of hosting parkour events in the past, with the FIG holding its first official parkour World Cup competition near Peace Memorial Park in April 2018. The event attracted tens of thousands of spectators and returned for a second edition earlier this year.

The city will now stage the first-ever Parkour World Championships around 100 days before the Olympic Games are held in Tokyo.

Parkour became an official FIG discipline last December and the control of the sport has been an issue of debate in recent years, with Parkour Earth having questioned the federation’s governance of the sport. It has previously been mooted that FIG will push for parkour’s inclusion at a future edition of the Olympic Games.

Meanwhile, the FIG has also announced that the 2022 edition of its Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships will take place in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia from November 15-18. Sofia also hosted the event in 2013 and 2017, and the competition will once again be held at the city’s Arena Armeec in 2022.

Additionally, the FIG has awarded hosting rights for its 2022 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships to Baku in Azerbaijan. The event will run from March 11-13 in the city, which is already pencilled in to host the 2019 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, the 2020 Aerobic Gymnastics World Championships and the 2021 Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships.