Greece has been shocked by the news that a 13-year old boy died after he fell of a building in the northern port city of Thessaloniki.
The young boy was parkouring with his friends. This new sport, which is undoubtedly very dangerous is gaining more and more supporters throughout the world, but in our country as well. Unfortunately the young boy fell from the seventh floor of a building while he was trying to cross over to the next building.
The boy according to sources was not alone. He was joined by a team of youngsters who climbed to the roof top of a building on Mitropoleos Street, downtown Thessaloniki, and were jumping from one building to the next until they reached the building located on Agias Sofias street, when the fatal accident occurred.
Parkour is becoming a recognized sport with competitions, events and official teams around the world. Parkour became popular in the late 1990s and 2000s through films, documentaries, and advertisements. Practitioners aim to get from one spot to the next in the most efficient way possible. This is done using only the human body and the surroundings for propulsion, with a focus on maintaining as much momentum as possible while still remaining safe. Parkour can include obstacle courses, running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement, and the like, depending on what movement is deemed most suitable for the given situation.
Parkour is an activity that can be practiced alone or with others. Although it can be practiced in any location, it is usually practiced in urban spaces.