Originating on the streets, Parkour can be summed up as the art of getting from one point to another by respecting one key principle: efficiency. Parkour was developed as a training method but over time it has inspired diverse sporting events, gaining many followers.
In FIG events, the Parkour area is strewn with a variety of blocks, walls and bars designed to mirror the different obstacles found in urban areas. To overcome them, athletes must make use of a range of techniques, such as the cat leap, arm jump, drop jump and wall run.
There are two categories: Speed-run and Freestyle. In the Speed-run event, athletes must overcome obstacles as quickly as possible to reach the finish line in the quickest time. In the Freestyle event, athletes make use of the obstacles to show off their style and creativity as their technical performance is judged.
The first edition is planned for 2020. The competition consists of qualifications and finals for each category, Speed-run and Freestyle.
The first FIG World Cup series was launched in 2018. It consists of three stages, organised with the FISE at their World Action Sports Festivals in Hiroshima (JPN), Montpellier (FRA) and Chengdu (CHN). At each event, athletes have the opportunity to win prize money and World Cup points which result in separate Parkour World Cup Series Ranking Lists for Speed-run and Freestyle. The two best results of three competitions per year are taken into consideration to determine the winner of the annual World Cup Series.