Berlin According to a media report, more than 650 modern pentathletes are calling on the leadership of the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) to resign.
After the announced cancellation of riding in three years, they sent a “vote of no confidence” to the board of directors around President Klaus Schormann, according to the industry service “Inside the Games”.
“As former and current modern pentathletes, we are shocked by the decision of the UIPM board to abolish the riding discipline,” the industry service quotes from the letter. “Without consulting its athletes and member associations, the board has undermined 109 years of modern pentathlon.”
The time of riding as a discipline of modern pentathlon ends after the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024. The UIPM confirmed this on Thursday. A replacement has yet to be found. The other disciplines are fencing and swimming as well as a combined competition of running and shooting with a laser pistol.
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