— Published 29 September 2022

A Chinese-style project

The International Union of Modern Pentathlon (UIPM) is looking to China. It has announced that it has reached an agreement with the province of Yunnan, in the south-west of the country, for the construction of a new facility dedicated to the discipline in the city of Kunming. Intended to serve as the UIPM’s development centre for Asia-Pacific, it will allow for high-altitude training and the organisation of world, continental and national high-level competitions. As is often the case in Chinese sport, the project is of an unusual size. The UIPM centre in Kunming will combine a 10,000-seat stadium, a swimming pool with a 5,000-seat stand, and a complete training complex in one place. It is expected to accommodate up to 300,000 athletes per year. As a bonus, the complex will have a dedicated rehabilitation and nutrition facility, flats for athletes, a hotel and shops. The main stadium is expected to be completed by mid-2024. The rest of the complex should be completed between the end of 2024 for the purely sporting part, and the end of 2025 for the rest of the complex.