Obstacle Course Sprint (OCS) Premieres as the Latest Obstacle Sport
Although earlier this week Mud Run Guide posted an opinion piece musing that the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) set their signs on taking on OCR, FIG has instead come forward with a new obstacle course race format of their own: Obstacle Course Sprint (OCS).
Insidethegames reported that FIG proposed the format of OCS to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Olympic Programme Commission at a meeting earlier this week for full inclusion at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
What is OCS?
According to rumors, OCS was developed by organisations within the parkour community for presentation to FIG.
OCS is an obstacle race sport based on parkour. Competitor’s runs will be short sprints, expected to take under one minute. Competitors will receive points determined by their ranking across three different obstacle courses, with obstacles based on real-world shapes found in urban and natural environments (as opposed to creative, outlandish Ninja Warrior-style obstacles).
The first OCS competition, the APEX International, is taking place on 28th May at the Festival International des Sports Extrêmes World Series in France. It is understood that a member of IOC Olympic Programme Commission will be in attendance to see how OCS performs as a potential Olympic event.
While it’s unlikely that OCS will be included in Tokyo 2020 as parkour is still young on the competitive level, Insidethegames reports that it’s possible that OCS could feature as some sort of demonstration event at Tokyo 2020 or could be proposed for inclusion at the Summer Youth Olympic Games.
FIG have been heavily criticised by groups within the parkour community. They were accused of “encroachment and misappropriation” in an open letter sent to them last month by Parkour UK, who also called for a Memorandum of Understanding to acknowledge the sovereignty of parkour. Parkour UK have threatened to take legal action against FIG if a suitable solution is not reached.