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GAISF selects sports for maiden World Urban Games

The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) has revealed the sports programme for its inaugural World Urban Games, with breaking and parkour among those selected for this year’s event.

The Hungarian capital of Budapest will stage the 2019 World Urban Games from September 13-15 after last month replacing Los Angeles as host city.

GAISF has now announced that 3×3 basketball, BMX freestyle park, breaking, freestyle flying disc, parkour and freestyle roller skate have been chosen as the competition sports, while laser run, a variation of modern pentathlon, and indoor rowing will feature as showcase sports.

The announcement marks another win for breaking, which is poised to be added to the programme for the 2024 summer Olympic Games in Paris, while parkour is currently the subject of an ongoing battle for power between the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) and the Parkour Earth organisation.

GAISF said the sports programme is a reflection of its vision for the Games, providing a global stage for International Federations to highlight their emerging sports disciplines. In addition to the competition and showcase sports, demonstrations of music, dance and urban culture will also feature in Budapest as part of the three-day event.

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