The Urban Sports Summit is returning to Montpellier after a three-year absence from the French city ©Urban Sports Summit

Montpellier in France is set to host the first in-person edition of the Urban Sports Summit since 2019, beginning tomorrow and running until May 27, and looks to continue the development of freestyle BMX, skateboarding, and parkour through a series of talks from key stakeholders.

The COVID-19-enforced hiatus has meant that the summit, which also focuses on the business side of urban sport, has not taken place face-to-face since November 2019 in Chengdu in China.

Before that, Montpellier also staged the inaugural edition in May of the same year prior to the online sessions of 2020.

The Hérault prefecture is also due to host the International Festival of Extreme Sports, from May 25 to 29, in parallel to the summit.

"The Urban Sports Summit (USS) aims to connects key decision makers in sport business to learn and share into the scope of urban sports," read a USS statement.

"Get involved in BMX freestyle, skateboard, roller freestyle, scooter, parkour, breaking and more disciplines.

"More than sport, we speak about urban culture, sustainable, social and economic development models to shape the future of urban sports."

Montpellier is set to host to the Urban Sports Summit parallel to the International Festival of Extreme Sports this week ©Getty Images
Montpellier is set to host to the Urban Sports Summit parallel to the International Festival of Extreme Sports this week ©Getty Images

Australia's Tokyo 2020 men's freestyle BMX gold medallist Logan Martin is due to begin proceedings tomorrow alongside FISE founder Hervé-André Benoît and Occitanie vice-president Kamel Chibli with a welcoming address.

Day one is then set to continue with a talk from World Skate President Sabatino Aracu on the challenges faced by International Federations in developing urban sports and the lessons learnt from last year's Olympics with a view to the next edition of the Games.

The sessions will continue in the afternoon with discussions on competition venues, how to design the perfect places to ride and Paris 2024 preparation centres.

The second day gets underway with a focus on Africa and how to further the growth and popularity of urban sports within the continent.

Dakar 2026 Youth Olympic Games coordinator Ibrahima Wade is due to lead a session about how the youth event can be used as a springboard to grow the sporting ecosystem in various countries across Africa.

The final day is set to examine the unexplored licensing opportunities of action sports and how "urban sports are redefining media, marketing rights, and storytelling," before the festival begins.