Parkour Earth issues an Open Letter in response to the meeting with the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) on 7th November 2017

Parkour Earth issues an Open Letter in response to the meeting with the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) on 7th November 2017

Parkour Earth has issued an open letter today, 14 December 2017 in response to the meeting with the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) on 7th November 2017 in Lausanne. 

As detailed throughout all our correspondence, the primary purpose of the meeting was to formalise the clarification, understanding and recognition of the sovereignty of Parkour/Freerunning/Art Du Déplacement. Also to demonstrate our goodwill and intention to bring the prevailing uncertainty of the FIG’s proposals and intention, to an amicable and swift resolution.

Parkour Earth would to express our thanks and gratitude to President Morinari Watanabe for welcoming us to the FIG headquarters in Lausanne and affording us the opportunity to discuss our legitimate, fundamental and substantiated concerns and to articulate the concerns of the international Parkour/Freerunning/Art Du Déplacement community.

Following our meeting at the FIG Tuesday 7 November 2017 10:00 in Lausanne, Parkour Earth has issued an open letter (and appendices) of response following the meeting;

This follows receipt of the an email from the FIG on the 24th November;

Unfortunately, as detailed in our open letter and as demonstrated in the minutes of the meeting/meeting notes, as well as previous correspondence the recent meeting with the FIG has not changed our position in relation to the fundamental, legitimate and substantiated concerns.

Therefore, we now feel that the most prudent course of action is for Parkour Earth & the FIG to enter into an agreed and binding mediation and/or arbitration agreement referring the dispute to the jurisdiction of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland in order for the dispute relating to the fundamental, legitimate and substantiated concerns to be resolved definitively in accordance with the code of sports-related arbitration.

Parkour Earth continue to welcome dialogue with the FIG and continue to demonstrate our goodwill and intention to bring this matter to an amicable and swift resolution, but must record our continued objection to the unauthorised approach to misappropriate and encroach upon the sovereignty of the sport that Parkour Earth represents.

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