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FIG to form Parkour World Cup series

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has confirmed that it will launch a Parkour World Cup Series later this year in cooperation with the International Festival of Extreme Sports (FISE).

The series will begin with an event in Chengdu, China from November 3-5. The FIG said “three or four” more events would take place within the FISE World Cup Series in 2018.

The events will be combined with workshops and educational initiatives. The FIG approved the launch of the new series at its Executive Committee meeting in Vestfold, Norway.

The FIG has also opted to form a parkour commission and employ a sports manager for the discipline as it presses ahead with plans to formalise the free-running sport.

In May, FIG’s Executive Committee and Council gave their in-principle approval for the inclusion of a new discipline based on obstacle course competitions. This came after the Executive Committee in February committed to the development of the new discipline, with its plans having caused controversy among both gymnastics and parkour circles.

The inclusion of a new FIG discipline will require modifications to the FIG's technical regulations, which should be submitted to the next Council meeting in 2018, together with changes to the FIG Statutes, which should be put to a vote at the FIG Congress in Baku later the same year.

The new discipline, which has not been officially named, is set to be the FIG’s eighth, alongside Gymnastics for All, Men's and Women's Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic, Trampoline, Acrobatic and Aerobic.

The first event under the FIG’s auspices took place on May 28 during the International Festival of Extreme Sports (FISE) in Montpellier, France.