Horse riding to be dropped in modern pentathlon from 2028 LA Games

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Modern Pentathlon - Women's Riding - Tokyo Stadium - Tokyo, Japan - August 6, 2021. Annika Schleu of Germany successful enactment REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado/

Nov 4 (Reuters) - Horse riding volition beryllium removed from modern pentathlon's programme astatine the Olympics from Los Angeles 2028, the sport's governing UIPM announced connected Thursday, with a consultation process acceptable to commencement soon to find a suitable replacement.

The determination comes aft Germany's modern pentathlon manager Kim Raisner deed Annika Schleu's horse, Saint Boy, astatine the Tokyo Games erstwhile it refused to leap a fence. The incidental led to wide disapproval of the sport. work much

"First, we cognize that this accusation volition beryllium astonishing and adjacent shocking to you," the International Modern Pentathlon Union said successful a statement.

"It is not precise agelong since we made a committedness to reappraisal and support the Riding subject successful the aftermath of the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. But beingness wrong the Olympic question changes fast.

"The determination to regenerate Riding comes aft our UIPM Executive Board endorsed a bid of recommendations made by the UIPM Innovation Commission aft a two-day gathering successful Monaco past week."

Raisner's actions successful Tokyo prompted the UIPM to disqualify her from the men's event, portion carnal advocacy radical PETA called connected the International Olympic Committee to eliminate equestrian events from the Games citing cruelty successful Tokyo.

Modern pentathlon has been an Olympic athletics since 1912 and features 5 events: fencing, swimming, equestrian amusement jumping, pistol shooting and cross-country running.

PETA elder vice president Kathy Guillermo welcomed UIPM's determination to region equine riding.

"PETA is delighted that UIPM heard PETA and the nationalist and chose to marque the pentathlon genuinely modern and humane," PETA said successful a connection to Reuters.

"It's not a crippled for horses, and they don't take to compete."

Reporting by Manasi Pathak and Shrivathsa Sridhar successful Bengaluru; Writing by Dhruv Munjal; Editing by Ken Ferris

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