Pentathlon Ireland was disappointed to learn of UIPM’s (Modern Pentathlon’s International Governing Body) decision to remove the equestrian element from the sport of Modern Pentathlon from the 2028 Olympic Games. While we understand that UIPM have acted to protect Modern Pentathlon’s inclusion in future Olympics (which is in doubt following the events in the Tokyo Olympics), we are concerned that this decision was taken without consultation with the member federations and the athletes, who, after all will be the people most impacted by this decision.
We are proud that Irish Pentathletes have represented Ireland with great distinction on the International stage and this decision, if final, will come as a blow to all involved in Irish Pentathlon.
Following the Tokyo Olympic Games, UIPM created a special working group to recommend changes to enhance and improve the riding event that will be part of the 2024 Paris Olympics. Pentathlon Ireland engaged with this working group and believe that UIPM should allow time to assess the impact of these changes. We look forward to meaningful discussions in this regard at the upcoming UIPM congress.
Pentathlon Ireland will continue to support and encourage our 2024 Olympic candidates who will ride at the Paris Games, while developing our athletes for the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.