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Pentathlon group urges national feds to vote against equestrian removal

Nov 23 (Reuters) – A group shaped to block the removal of the equestrian ingredient from the fashionable pentathlon on the Olympics has written to all national federations urging them to vote against the movement at this weekend’s basic meeting of governing physique UIPM.

UIPM mentioned this month that horse driving can be faraway from fashionable pentathlon’s programme on the Olympics from Los Angeles 2028. learn extra

That choice got here after Germany’s fashionable pentathlon coach Kim Raisner hit a horse on the Tokyo Games this yr when it refused to soar a fence, an incident that led to widespread criticism of the game.

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“We are taking the unusual step of writing to each of you directly, as a result of the extraordinary circumstances our sport has been put in by the current leadership of the UIPM,” Pentathlon United wrote in a letter to the federations.

“It is no surprise that thousands of pentathletes, from all over the world, have joined an uprising against UIPM’s behaviour, in attempting to force through a decision of such magnitude, without proper debate and discussion.

“We urge every national federation to seek the advice of with its athlete communities … to vote ‘no’ to the movement put ahead by the German Federation calling for the removal of our equestrian self-discipline.”

The letter also urged federations to vote against the re-election of UIPM president Klaus Schormann and his leadership at the general assembly, which is set to be held online on Nov. 27-28.

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Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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

A rider with her horse walk next to a no riding zone sign during a news conference about keeping horse riding in the modern pentathlon program in Budapest, Hungary, November 12, 2021. REUTERS / Marton Monus

A rider with her horse are seen next to a no riding zone sign during a news conference about keeping horse riding in the modern pentathlon program in Budapest, Hungary, November 12, 2021. REUTERS / Marton Monus

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