Parkour Earth has today been officially established as the International Federation for the sport as the ongoing row with the International Gymnastics Federation continues ©Parkour Earth

Parkour Earth has today been officially established as the International Federation for the sport as the ongoing row with the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) continues.

Parkour UK's chief executive Eugene Minogue has been nominated and appointed as transitional chief executive on an ex-officio basis.

It was he who initially accused the FIG of "encroachment and misappropriation" of parkour and lodged a complaint with the International Olympic Committee in June.

Organisations in a number of other countries have also protested at FIG's involvement in the sport by writing to FIG President Morinari Watanabe.

FIG have responded to the allegations of "encroachment and misappropriation" of parkour, claiming this was never their intention.

A deadline to reach a Memorandum of Understanding between all parties elapsed on July 26, with Minogue promising they would "take all necessary and appropriate steps to protect the integrity and sovereignty of the sport of parkour/freerunning, our sport, our community".

In what appears to relate directly to that vow, Parkour Earth has today been launched.

"Any International Federation protecting the sovereignty of the sport, art and/or discipline of Parkour/Freerunning/Art Du Déplacement should and must be established only by consensus of the international community, via a process of federating National Federations, as per entrenched and recognised international norms, on the established right of self-determination," a Parkour Earth statement reads.

"By virtue of that right we, as an international community determine our sporting, social and cultural development, in accordance with the freely expressed will and desire of the international community.

"As a result of a clear and demonstrable common unity and purpose within the international community, a number of National Federations reached an accord on July 4, 2017 to establish Parkour Earth as the International Federation for Parkour/Freerunning/Art Du Déplacement - our sport, our community, our culture, our identity."

The six founding National Federations are Parkour UK, France's Fédération de Parkour, New Zealand Parkour, Australian Parkour Association, Parkour South Africa and Polish Parkour And Freerunning Federation.

The accord by the founding member National Federations has had approval of their Boards, members and/or communities. 

Following what is described as the "transparent and democratic approval" of the accord, Parkour Earth was incorporated on July 12 and registered at Companies House in the United Kingdom. 

The founding member National Federations have elected and appointed a transitional Board of Directors on phased initial terms of office. 

The Transitional Board consists of four elected directors - Damien Puddle of New Zealand Parkour, Eliot Duffy of Australian Parkour Association, Paul Gray of Parkour South Africa and Sacha Lemaire of Fédération de Parkour.

This is in addition to two independent directors - Stuart McInnes as independent chair and Belinda Wheaton.

It is stated that Parkour Earth has been established on two fundamental principles - "National Federations federating" and "good governance".

Parkour Earth is comprised of national Parkour/Freerunning/Art Du Deplacement communities, as represented by their National Federations and/or organisations governing and/or administering the development of the sport, art and/or discipline nationally.

It will aim to embrace and support those communities trying to form a National Federation in territories where there is no National Federation and/or organisation.

Good governance, it is claimed, starts with the Memorandum and Articles of Association, defining and creating a clear, practical and proportionate system which sets out what the International Federation can do, who the members are and can be, how decisions are made and who is responsible for making it happen.

By implementing good governance practices, Parkour Earth says it will ensure that it is being managed effectively, in a way that helps it to achieve its objects, values and principles whilst also safeguarding the integrity of the Federation and the best interests of all its members and the international community.

"As the International Federation for Parkour/Freerunning/Art Du Déplacement, Parkour Earth will be the custodians of the philosophy, integrity and sovereignty of the sport internationally for and on behalf of the international community and be the sole governing and administering body for the sport internationally to protect the rights, freedoms and promote the interests of Traceurs/Traceuses, Freerunners, practitioners, members and the international community," the statement reads.

FIG's move into parkour has been opposed by several groups ©Getty Images
FIG's move into parkour has been opposed by several groups ©Getty Images

Last month, Parkour Earth became a member of the Sport Integrity Global Alliance, an independent, neutral and global body dedicated to the promotion and safeguarding of integrity, good governance, and ethical behaviour in sport.

Parkour Earth attended the SIGA Sport Integrity Forum II on July 26 and the SIGA Congress on July 27 in Portugal's capital Lisbon, where it was formally accepted into membership of SIGA.

"To ensure that Parkour Earth wholly fulfills its founding principle and object of good governance, Parkour Earth will begin to fully implement the SIGA 'Universal Standards'," the statement adds.

Parkour Earth is now beginning the process of on-boarding other National Federations and communities from around the world. 

The first Annual General Meeting (AGM) is due to be held within 210 days of incorporation, therefore in early 2018. 

At the AGM the members and community will be asked to nominate, elect and/or appoint the Board of Directors by electing and/or appointing up to six additional directors.

The full Board will then comprise a maximum of 12 members - four independent directors and eight elected directors - at least one of whom must be an athletes representative. 

Additionally, as part of the founding fundamental principle of good governance, there are additional requirements surrounding the composition of the Board.

These include requirements such as; the number of independent directors shall not be greater than the number of elected directors appointed at any one time. 

A member National Federation may only be represented on the Board by one director at any time. 

Parkour Earth says it encourages gender parity and ethnic diversity and is committed to ensuring that the Board, as far as is reasonably practicable, shall aim to have not less than 30 per cent representation of each gender and individuals from different ethnic backgrounds. 

Additionally, terms of office are limited to a maximum of two four year terms.

Parkour Earth has adopted an interim logo and will hold an open process of logo design and submissions for, by and from the members and international community for consideration and shortlisting by the Board. 

The shortlist will then be put to the community and membership for formal vote of the adoption of the official logo of Parkour Earth at the first AGM in early 2018.

Parkour Earth's website can be accessed by clicking here

The FIG declined to comment when contacted by insidethegames.