The Executive Committee of the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) announced on 23 August 2019 that they will hold the first World Championships in Parkour, the FIG’s new urban sport discipline.
The inaugural edition will take place in April 2020 in Hiroshima, Japan while the Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships will return to Sofia in 2022 and, in that same year, Baku will welcome the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships.
The EC also confirmed the definitive inclusion of the Junior World Championships on the competitions calendar for both Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics.
About the FIG
The International Gymnastics Federation is the governing body for Gymnastics worldwide. It is the oldest established international federation of an Olympic sport and has participated in the Olympic Games since their revival in 1896. The FIG governs eight sports: Gymnastics for All, Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Trampoline – including Double Mini-trampoline and Tumbling -, Aerobics, Acrobatics, and Parkour. It counts 146 national member federations and has its headquarters in the Olympic Capital of Lausanne (SUI).
Parkour is a training discipline using movement and was initially developed for military obstacle course training. The traceurs, as they are called get from one point to another in a complex environment, without assistive equipment and in the fastest and most efficient way possible.