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Long-serving Schormann extends UIPM presidency

Klaus Schormann has been re-elected as president of the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM), while the global governing body has awarded hosting rights to its 2018 and 2019 Senior World Championships to Mexico City and Budapest, respectively.

Schormann will continue as UIPM president for the next Olympic cycle spanning 2016 to 2020 after receiving a unanimous show of support at the UIPM Congress held in Frankfurt, Germany. The 70-year-old German stood unopposed and has been at the head of the global modern pentathlon movement since 1993.

Schormann’s latest term in office will take him through to Tokyo’s 2020 summer Olympic Games, when his vision of modern pentathlon taking place in a single venue – the Tokyo Stadium – will come to fruition. Elections were originally scheduled for Saturday, but were brought forward a day following a proposal from European Modern Pentathlon Confederation president Dmitry Svatkovsky to accelerate the process.

Schormann said: “I am more than pleased and very honoured that the assembly has chosen to elect me as president a day before the election was supposed to take place. It gives me a very strong feeling to do my best with all my energy. It's never a question of age, it's a question of energy and I am very invigorated by this vote of confidence.”

The UIPM also elected two new vice-presidents and has welcomed Haiti as a new member federation. Imashev Berik (Kazakhstan) and Juan Manzo Oranegui (Mexico) will serve alongside the re-elected trio of Juan Antonio Samaranch (Spain), Joel Bouzou (France) and Viacheslav Aminov (Russia). The two newcomers replace the outgoing Ivar Sisneiga (Mexico) and Kuisung Choi (Korea).

The Congress also saw the UIPM decide on hosting rights for an array of events, headlined by its showpiece Senior World Championships. Both Mexico City and Budapest have previously staged the annual event, most recently in 1998 and 2008, respectively. In other hosting decisions, the South African city of Cape Town will stage the 2017 Laser-Run World Championships.

In 2018, Almaty (Kazakhstan) will host the World Cup Final and Halle (Germany) the Masters World Championships. The 2019 and 2020 Youth A World Championships will head to Sofia, Bulgaria and Cairo, Egypt, respectively. The US city of Sarasota will host the 2019 Biathle/Triathle World Championships.

In other Congress decisions, the discipline of laser-run is to be incorporated into modern pentathlon and tetrathlon with the UIPM sport introduced as a replacement terminology for combined event, the run/shoot discipline that is the climax of modern pentathlon.

The scoring system in modern pentathlon will also be changed to reduce the value of swimming points from three points per second to two points per second. The UIPM said this is a change aimed at stimulating development in countries where swimming infrastructure is not fully established.