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Obstacles aside, Egyptian parkour off and running

Updated: March 28, 2012, 2:26 PM ET
By Ben Gittleson

Cairo might seem like an unlikely place for parkour to take root. The free-spirited sport with French roots -- in which athletes navigate urban environments with acrobatic techniques -- does not necessarily mesh with Egyptian society's conservative norms.

But it does provide an outlet for young Cairenes to get out their energy amid the pressures of life in the Egyptian capital. Endless traffic jams, suffocating pollution, and a dearth of public parks makes ...

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