FISE Hiroshima Results and an Unfortunately Worded Tweet

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Hakour - August 10 2018

The Olympic Channel should be careful to choose words when they tweeted. Not only parkour players but also gymnasts could get angry by that tweet. Parkour players like us feel uncomfortable when parkour is regarded as one of gymnastics. We argue that, “Parkour is not just sports but training, art, and philosophy. Parkour is far freer than gymnastics!” However, we do not think about the opinion of gymnasts. They may argue that, “Gymnastics is one of the traditional sports, and it has severe rules. Do not lump us with parkour!” We should know how gymnasts feel when they read the tweet. Olympic Channel should know the differences between two sports. I believe that Olympic Channel correct errors in their tweets and we can understand each other through Olympics.

Federico - April 20 2018

I understand the argument that it’s best to cooperate with FIG to make the best of what’s happening, and I see the the point in saying that people from small communities will likely go to that type of event anyways.
However, I cannot possibly feel like I would be doing the right thing endorsing an event that, even by those who promote it, is described as something that if left to FIG itself would go much worse. We should not feel like our discipline is at risk and we have to cooperate with those who pose a threat, to make sure they don’t do something we wouldn’t like. If we do feel like FIG poses a threat to parkour, I believe the best decision is to go against it, not collaborate with them to try and not make the inclusion too bad.
And yes, we do have the power to oppose FIG. The fact itself that this article exists proves that this online discussion about FIG has grown big enough to deserve coverage.
If you want proof that an Olympic event can be vastly ignored by the community, just look at football. Nobody follows Olympic football, and most fans follow the World Cup.
I’d be far happier to see Olympic parkour (if it does happen in the end) as a generally ignored event while jams and competitions organised by gyms thrive, because I’d much rather our communities influence how we see parkour, than FIG influence that.

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