— Published 25 August 2022

A bid for the Commonwealth Games

The modern pentathlon has its eye on multi-sport events. Its international federation, the UIPM, has submitted a bid to be included in the programme of the 2026 Commonwealth Games, to be held in the Australian state of Victoria. It is proposing the addition of Laser Run (running and laser shooting), with a Paralympic version as well. The UIPM says it currently has national federations in the majority of countries participating in the Commonwealth Games, including Australia, Canada, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the UK countries. With less than four years to go, the 2026 Commonwealth Games programme in Victoria has 16 permanent sports, but Australian organisers have the option of adding up to five. Rowing and judo, among others, are already in the running. In addition, the UIPM announced that one of its disciplines, triathlon (swimming, running and shooting), has been confirmed in the programme of the next Mediterranean Beach Games, scheduled for 2023 in Heraklion, Greece. Triathlon is already on the menu of the Asian Beach Games and the South East Asian (SEA) Games. As a reminder, modern pentathlon was provisionally removed from the Los Angeles 2028 Games programme by the IOC Executive Board after the UIPM decided to replace equestrian with a new discipline.