UIPM announce no obstacle racing at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

International Obstacle Racing News   |   Jun 10, 2017

The UIPM (Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne) president has released a statement confirming that the International Olympic Committee have decided not to include the Modern Pentathlon Mixed Relay at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

Read the full official statement from the UIPM President below:

"Today the International Olympic Committee has not accepted a request, submitted by the UIPM Executive Board after several years of promotion, to include the Modern Pentathlon Mixed Relay at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

"We respect the decision and recognise that there was strong competition for additional events. At the same time I speak on behalf of the global UIPM movement by expressing our unhappiness that this opportunity to incorporate a format that was gender-equal and highly compliant with IOC Agenda 2020 been overlooked. We will study in detail the feedback from the IOC.

"The Mixed Relay has already added value to the Youth Olympic Games in 2010 (Singapore) and 2014 (Nanjing) and will do so again in 2018 (Buenos Aires), and it has become a cornerstone of UIPM's global competition programme during the past 10 years.

"The Union is proud of the growth of the Mixed Relay and the gender equality that now exists in Modern Pentathlon and we will continue to promote this format which offers so many benefits to young and aspiring Olympic athletes, spectators, sponsors and broadcasters.

"We will be ready for any opportunity to promote the Modern Pentathlon Mixed Relay as a new feature and an asset to the Olympic Games in future years."

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