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UIPM approves new format, awards World Championships

The International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) has approved a new tetrathlon concept that is proposed for introduction at the 2022 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar, while it has awarded hosting rights for its 2021 Pentathlon World Championships to Minsk in Belarus.

A comprehensive report on a series of tetrathlon test events was presented to the UIPM’s executive board during a two-day meeting in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, which is currently hosting the World Championships. The report was unanimously approved with just one abstention.

The new concept incorporates fencing into the existing UIPM sport of triathle, which combines swimming with laser run. The new format has been successfully tested in Argentina, Egypt, France and Germany in recent months.

The UIPM’s executive board has agreed to appoint a new working group for the concept and will reconvene early next year to review an update from the group before recommending further steps towards the final proposal. This proposal will be presented as a motion for approval at the 2020 UIPM Congress.

UIPM president Klaus Schormann said: “We discussed in detail the proposed future concept for the Dakar 2022 Youth Olympic Summer Games, which will be the first Olympic Games to be held in Africa. The new format will now be finalised by a working group which will be assembled next week.

“We also discussed development progress in all continents and provisionally approved the membership of seven new countries to our UIPM family. Our next meeting will take place in Lausanne in early 2020 and then there will be many motions to be voted on at the UIPM 2020 Congress in Xiamen.”

As well as awarding its 2021 World Championships to Minsk, the UIPM announced that its 2020 Junior World Championships will be held in Drzonkow, Poland.