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Chessboxing as a means of escape from prison


This Friday, the discipline returns for a new evening in Paris. In full swing, this sport wants to welcome the widest possible audience, ranging from initiation in schools to workshops in prisons.

Chessboxing is first and foremost a funny idea that came straight from the brain and pencil strokes of Enki Bilal.

In 1992, this French artist born in Belgrade imagined, in his comic strip

Froid Équateur

, the ultimate discipline combining cognitive abilities and physical strength.

He then mixes chess with the noble art of boxing.

A new discipline is born!

It was ten years later that this imaginary sport came to life, under the impetus of Iepe Rubingh, a Dutch artist.

The two men meet and the first chessboxing fight takes place in April 2003. Almost 20 years later, this sport continues to develop around the world.

In France, it is Guillaume Salançon who actively participates in the growth of his discipline.

The objective is to make as many IFCs as possible so that there is a real league.

At the same time, we also want to develop the federation and the clubs

, ”explains the president of the French Chessboxing Federation (FFC).

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Source: lefigaro

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