August 17, 2020

Parkour piques interest in Doha’s urban jungle

Doha (AFP) – Three friends perform synchronised backflips off a dry stone fountain near one of Doha’s top luxury hotels, an unusual sight in the normally staid Gulf city.As the sun sets over the Qatari capital’s mishmash of skyscrapers, the parkour enthusiasts hurl themselves off walls and walkways, surrounded by palm trees as they listen to hip-hop. “Compared to Lebanon, where there is a big community and lots of parkour gyms, here it’s more like (individual) people,” said Lebanese Hamzar Mekkaoui, 26, a parkour athlete sporting a neat beard.Parkour, an extreme sport also known as free-runnin…


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