Thursday, December 2, 2021

Olympic Games to talk to athletes amid anger over change

GENEVA (NWN) – Amid a rift with athletes over the removal of equestrian from the Olympic event of the modern pentathlon, the sport’s governing body on Monday invited them for talks this week.

Monaco-based UIPM said: It will host a video call on Friday to consult with athletes on which sport will replace equestrian after the horse abuse incident at the Tokyo Olympics.

a horse that refused to compete In the jump for the German leader of the women’s competition was killed by a team coach, who was ordered to take lessons on animal welfare.

UIPM’s handling of the process to replace one of the most traditional Olympic Games in time for the 2028 Los Angeles Games has caused confusion among athletes.

The decision by the UIPM executive board to remove the leaked ride last week and then was denied before being confirmed, along with a letter to athletes Acknowledging “We know this information will be surprising and even shocking to you.”

The UIPM said its place in the Olympics beyond the 2024 Paris Games cannot be taken lightly, pointing to the IOC’s pressure to change the sport.

Speculation that cycling would replace riding was denied by longtime UIPM chairman Claus Schormann on a German television show on Sunday. Schorman stated that the replacement sport option had already been taken and it was not a bicycle, but he could not yet tell which one it was.

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The UIPM on Monday hit back at the comments, claiming that the media report was “incorrect” and that no decision was taken without the athletes involved.

“The consultation process is open, and I want to clarify that no decision has been made regarding the fifth discipline,” Shoreman said in a UIPM statement.

The governing body is expected to decide at a congress on November 27-28. Shoreman is running unopposed for re-election after 28 years as UIPM leader at the same meeting.

Still, hundreds of athletes – including both Tokyo gold medalists – signed a letter of no confidence to the German president and his executive board last week, urging him to resign.

The modern pentathlon has a special place in Olympic lore. It was created by Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern sport, as a test for a complete all-around athlete. It was first staged at the 1912 Stockholm Games.

The traditional five-day edition, including pistol shooting, fencing, swimming, horse riding and running, has been scrapped. The one-day edition in Tokyo, with a combined running and shooting schedule, has proved controversial with athletes still required to compete with a horse they have not previously ridden.


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