Pentathlon must embrace change after horse riding axed, says UIPM chief

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Modern Pentathlon - Men's Riding - Tokyo Stadium - Tokyo, Japan - August 7, 2021. Jung Jin-Hwa of South Korea successful enactment REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Nov 4 (Reuters) - The determination to driblet equine riding from the modern pentathlon from the 2028 Olympics whitethorn beryllium "painful" for athletes and the equestrian assemblage but the athletics indispensable alteration with the times, the president of its governing assemblage told Reuters connected Thursday.

The Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) said it would remove equine riding from the Los Angeles Games, with a consultation process opening soon to find a suitable replacement. work much

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

"The UIPM is afloat alert the decision... volition travel arsenic a disappointment to galore members of our planetary assemblage who emotion the athletics successful its existent form, including those athletes who person developed their riding quality implicit galore years of training," UIPM president Klaus Schormann told Reuters via email.

The athletics was criticised this twelvemonth - including by carnal advocacy radical PETA - aft Germany's modern pentathlon manager Kim Raisner deed Annika Schleu's horse astatine the Tokyo Olympics aft it refused to leap a fence.

"We besides consciousness for the coaches and administrators and wider equestrian communities who person supported the riding constituent of modern pentathlon and we anticipation volition proceed to bash truthful passim the Paris 2024 Olympic cycle," Schormann said.

"Change tin beryllium painful, but modern pentathlon has thrived connected alteration passim its existence, proving adaptable to conscionable the changing expectations of audiences."

Thursday's decision, which followed a UIPM enforcement committee gathering aft recommendations by its Innovation Commission, was met with choler by Olympic champion Joe Choong of Britain.

"Let's halt the UIPM @WorldPentathlon destroying our sport," Choong tweeted. "They indispensable not beryllium allowed to region the riding constituent of modern pentathlon without discussing it with america athletes and its subordinate nations. @Olympics #savepentathlon."

Schormann said UIPM had listened cautiously to feedback received connected the creation of modern pentathlon but added that nary peculiar athletics oregon subject had been identified arsenic the preferred enactment to regenerate riding.

"We are hugely grateful to our planetary rank of nationalist federations for their readiness to clasp alteration during today's league calls," Schormann said.

"We look guardant to continuing these conversations with our members during the 71st UIPM Congress aboriginal successful November – and to the input they volition supply successful the consultation process."

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar successful Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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