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UIPM accused of ‘stifling debate’ and voting breaches at recent Congress

Pavels Svecos of Latvia competes in riding show jumping of the Men's Modern Pentathlon at Tokyo 2020 (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images).

Representatives from the national pentathlon federations of Denmark, Sweden and Finland have written a joint letter to the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) accusing the organisation of stifling debate and ignoring the views of the ‘overwhelming majority’ at its recent Congress where it approved a motion to remove riding from the Olympic sport.

The letter, which has been seen by SportBusiness, alleges UIPM was guilty of six breaches of its own rules and accuses the executive board of ‘demonstrating extremely poor governance, not befitting an Olympic sport’ in the way the Congress was conducted.

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