The World Flying Disc Federation and its athletes and officials are ready to commence the Flying Disc Freestyle competition at the inaugural World Urban Games (WUG), being held 13-15 September in Budapest. Freestyle Flying Disc is one of six competition sports to be featured, with the others being 3×3 Basketball, BMX freestyle, Breaking, Roller freestyle, and Parkour. The Games will take place at the Nagyvásártelep (Market Hall) in the south of Budapest, just 15 minutes from the city center. The whole area, originally built in the 1930s, is being regenerated specifically for the WUG.
With 24 athletes from nine countries in the competition, the Flying Disc discipline of Freestyle combines aspects of gymnastics and dance with the basic game of throw and catch, and it is one of the most artistic and technically-challenging disciplines in Flying Disc sport. Mixed gender teams of two athletes will perform choreographed routines consisting of throws and catches of varying degrees of difficulty, and moves such as air brushes, nail delays, and triple-spinning catches. Routines will be for three minutes in length and are evaluated by judges who base their scores on the difficulty, artistic impression, and execution of the routine. The team with the highest score wins (70 is a perfect score).
Much of the action will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel at http://www.olympicchannel.com. The schedule is as follows (all times UTC+2, or CET time):
- Prelims: Sept. 13 — 14:45-17:15
- Semi-finals: Sept. 14 —10:45-12:00
- Finals: Sept. 14 — 16:00-16:45
- Awards: Sept. 14 — 16:45-7:00
“Our athletes and officials are ready to go and conditions in beautiful Budapest – warm and sunny with a light breeze in this amazing urban complex created for the event – are ideal,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “GAISF, under the leadership of President Raffaele Chiulli and Director Philippe Gueisbuhler, together with the local organizers, have put together a special event around the very interesting concept of bringing sport to the people in the heart of an urban setting, and we are honored to be a part of it.”
“We are excited to have Flying Disc Freestyle be included in the inaugural World Urban Games and are excited for the opportunity this event brings to us in terms of exposure and awareness on a global scale” said WFDF Freestyle Committee Chair Kevin “Skippy Jammer” Givens.
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Powered by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), the World Urban Games is set to become the ultimate global showcase for a new generation of urban sports. The WUG is the ultimate celebration of new-generation sports forged by the spirit of youth. It is a showcase for the skill, style and power of the most inspirational urban athletes on the planet. The World Urban Games comprises a wide-ranging program of competitive and showcase urban sports complimented by a Festival of youth-focused music, art and culture. These multi-sport games will be held every two years and will feature a wide range of events.