IPF and World OCR Agree to Historic Partnership
August 24, 2020
The International Parkour Federation and World OCR announce Memorandum of Understanding to form a unified international federation governing obstacles sports, disciplines and events.
Lausanne, Switzerland (August 24, 2020): The International Parkour Federation (IPF) and World OCR announced today that they have agreed to a single, collaborative governance framework to further the development and growth of Obstacle Sports worldwide.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by both parties citing key priorities and steps to ensure the growth and harmonization of Obstacle Sports. The agreement focuses on SafeSport functions, gender representation, diversity, anti-doping efforts, international events, national federation relations, sanctioning, and collaborative marketing initiatives to grow Obstacle Sports at every level.
The current sub-sports of Parkour, Ninja Competitions, Obstacle Course Racing and Adventure Racing will remain self-governing as technical disciplines, each run by independent technical committees with their own technical congresses.
“The best way to grow Obstacle Sports, and improve the sport at all levels, is to do so together,” said IPF President Mr. Victor Bevine. “Unification of the sub-sports under a single governance umbrella will serve to further evolve Obstacle Sports across the world.”
“This initiative mirrors the organizational structures of Aquatics, Cycling and Athletics by providing representation and governance by and for each sub-sport.” said World OCR President, Mr. Ian Adamson. “The collaboration advances our goals of providing sport for all and meeting the intent of the International Olympic Committee’s Agenda 2020 and the Olympic Movement.”
IPF and World OCR are committed to establishing the highest level of ethics through transparency and better governance. The unified federation will establish a culture of sustainability and social responsibility in events, and in the Obstacle Sports community. The goal of the federation is to contribute to the greater good of humanity by educating all through participation in sport, without discrimination or bias of any kind. The aim is to facilitate mutual understanding, collaboration, friendship and fairness between the athletes and all parties of interest.
About the International Parkour Federation
Formally established in 2014, IPF with member organizations in 65 countries, is the sole competent authority for the sport of Parkour, related disciplines and events worldwide. IPF is a US-based non-profit representing the needs of its national federations and athlete members across five continents.
About World OCR
World OCR is the international governing body for obstacle racing and related disciplines, representing the needs of Ninja, OCR and adventure athletes since 2015. It is a Swiss based not for profit association composed of national member federations representing athletes in 100 countries.