This letter was written in response to movements by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) to develop parkour-like activities as a FIG discipline with the view to claim representation of the Parkour community at the international level. For more information you can read about the events here
To President Morinari Watanabe
We are writing to you as the Australian Parkour Association, operating as the peak body for Parkour in Australia, and on behalf of our members across Australia.
We are writing to express our objection to the recent encroachment and misappropriation of our practice by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) via ‘development of a related FIG discipline’ based on Parkour, as detailed in their press release dated 24th February 2017, Lausanne (Sui), FIG Office.
Furthermore, we reject the assertions of FIG Secretary General, André Gueisbuhler, regarding the history of Parkour as inaccurate and ill-informed. We support the stance taken by Parkour UK, Fédération de Parkour (FPK), and the New Zealand Parkour Association and demonstrably reject the Secretary General’s notion that our community is not organised in our development of Parkour.
It is our duty to look after the rights and interests of our members across Australia and ensure that our practice is not misappropriated by FIG internationally and/or nationally by any of FIG’s National Federation members. As such, we assert the independence of Parkour as a characteristically unique, culturally distinct and sovereign practice for which FIG is neither presently representative, nor does it have grounds to claim representation, of the international Parkour community.
We support the call to invite other national Parkour communities to issue letters of support for this position and invite collaboration across the international Parkour community to ensure the protection and integrity of the practice.
Our discipline is our own.
President of the Australian Parkour Association,
On behalf of the national committee of the Australian Parkour Association and its members.