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Qatar adds to events portfolio with modern pentathlon showpiece

The next three editions of the International Modern Pentathlon Union’s (UIPM) Champion of Champions event will take place in Qatar, it was announced today (Friday).

The UIPM has reached agreements with the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) and Qatar Modern Pentathlon Federation (QMPF) to stage the 2015, 2016 and 2017 versions of the showpiece in November in the Middle East country.

The Champion of Champions brings together the world’s top 36 UPIM-ranked athletes for a one-day event to crown the leading male and female modern pentathlete. The inaugural event was hosted by Doha in 2013.

UIPM president Klaus Schormann said: “We were extremely impressed by Qatar’s hosting of the event in 2013 and our athletes excelled in Qatar’s outstanding facilities. Qatar is a fantastic destination for sports events and we are very proud that this event will inspire the development of a new generation of modern pentathletes in the region and to the growth of our sport across the Middle East.”

Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, secretary general of the QOC, added: “The 2013 event was the first modern pentathlon event ever to be hosted in Doha and it was a huge success. We are excited that we now have a fantastic opportunity to build on this success and it will be an honour to work closely with the International Federation of Modern Pentathlon to showcase this Olympic sport in Qatar and across the whole of the Middle East, and assist with its global development.

“Doha has become a true global sports hub thanks to its hosting of a multitude of world-class sports events, which include the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships, 2015 World Championships in handball, boxing and IPC Athletics, as well as the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships and 2019 IAAF World Championships in Athletics. It is an honour to add modern pentathlon to this list of prestigious events and we are so pleased that more federations and elite athletes are recognising the opportunities that Qatar offers, together with its proven abilities as a host nation.”