10 days ago
@espritconcrete being so in line with my thoughts I have to quote them. "Parkour is now officially the 8th discipline of Gymnastics under the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG). Member nations voted yesterday, 197 nations for, 47 against, with 15 nations abstaining. [addon by myself - the intransparent voting system has a nation give up to 3 votes]
1) We have nothing against Gymnastics/Gymnasts - we respect and value it/them as a disciple in it/their own rights sharing in it's/their knowledge, gyms and community whenever occasion arises.
2) FIG have sadly not shown us the same courtesy - they have overstepped and intruded on our boundries, overlooked our communities efforts to legally alert them of this, and have continued to strive to control our unique values, engulfing our practice into theirs for gains that do not, in our opinion, best serve our athletes, our companies and our community.
3) We are a discipline in our own right, with a beautiful, complex, interesting history of our own, driven by agendas that used to and largely still does stem, from a very human connectedness perspective, that strongly differs to that of Gymnastics.
4) That Parkour/Freerunning/ADD is a Gymnastics discipline of any kind will forever be a falsehood. It is, as has been historically, a redirection of reality for consumer profit, an attempt to stay relevant. To continue to maintain a sporting presence, Gymnastics is looking to augment their diminishing viewership by profiting from the popularity of a newer discipline, albeit completely separate from their own and we unequivocally cannot support this.
We are not, never have been and never will be Gymnastics.
Let's keep training, learning, teaching what we know how we know, hashtag our truth, pass down our history to the new generation and do our best to support the governing bodies that are fighting as best they can respectfully on our behalves for what is rightfully ours. "
This vote that was cited in the beginning was taken around December 1st 2018. We are still not Gymnastics. Sry... #wearenotgymnastics