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UIPM extends contract of secretary general

The International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) has confirmed that secretary general Shiny Fang will continue in her role for the next four years.

The new contract will run until the end of the 2020 summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Fang (pictured), a former synchronised swimmer and aerobic gymnast, has served as UIPM secretary general since December 2012.

“Without doubt, the past four years have seen UIPM grow and flourish and we will continue to build on these strong foundations during the 2016-2020 Olympic cycle,” Fang said. “It is a great honour and privilege to work on behalf of modern pentathlon, a core Olympic sport with a strong heritage that we will work to protect and respect. At the same time, we must look to the future and grow all of the UIPM sports by making them as accessible and inclusive as possible.”

Fang began assisting the UIPM president on international affairs in 2008, and also served as vice-competition manager for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and as competition manager for the 2010 Asian Games, which also took place in China in Guangzhou.

As well as being UIPM secretary general, Fang currently serves as a sports development and education consultative group member of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF).

UIPM president Klaus Schormann said: “The reappointment of Shiny Fang is a statement to the Olympic family of UIPM's confidence in the capacities of our secretary general and it also demonstrates the stability of the UIPM.

“Over the past four years, she has led the UIPM secretariat to new levels, helping UIPM and our members to grow. She has also worked efficiently with the president, the treasurer, the members of the UIPM Executive Board and committees/commissions. We are certain that she will continue to do so also in the next cycle.”