Cairo lands 2017 UIPM World Championships

The International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) has awarded its 2017 World Championships to the Egyptian capital of Cairo, while the evolution of the sport has continued with the introduction of a new fencing format.

The decisions were made at the UIPM’s 2014 Congress in Sofia, Bulgaria, with Cairo’s World Championships one of a number of events assigned for 2017. Lithuania was awarded the 2017 World Cup Final, while the same year’s Youth A World Championships will be held in Prague, the Czech Republic.

Modern pentathlon was introduced to the 1912 Stockholm Games by Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, and has remained part of the event ever since. However, its status as a ‘core’ Olympic sport has been under threat of late and the UIPM has been taking measures to refresh and enhance modern pentathlon’s global appeal.

To this end, the UIPM said a ‘Fencing Bonus Round’ will be established in the 2015 season after winning the approval of a “huge majority of delegates” at the Congress.

The Bonus Round, which will take place at the end of the Round Robin stage, is the latest in a series of innovations by UIPM designed to enhance the spectacle of modern pentathlon for broadcasters and spectators.

UIPM said the “revolutionary concept”, which ensures that all competing pentathletes confront each other once more on the fencing piste after the traditional Round Robin, was tested this year at numerous events, including the World Cup Final in Sarasota, USA and the World Championships in Warsaw, Poland.

UIPM added: “The format was extremely well received and offers all athletes the chance to win bonus points to top up their score, while focusing the action on a single piste, creating a more exciting experience for athletes, spectators and broadcasters.”

In other news from the 2014 Congress, the nomination of five new national federations in Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Pakistan and Thailand was approved.