— Published 8 March 2021

A new test on the road to Paris 2024

The International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) is continuing its work of experimenting with a new competition format for the Paris 2024 Games. It announces that it has invited as many athletes as possible to participate in a new full-scale test, from April 22nd to 25th, 2021 in Budapest. This will be the third try, after those carried out in September 2020 in Budapest and Cairo, of a very innovative format, where the five disciplines of the modern pentathlon are contested in just 90 minutes. The new format has already received “positive feedback” from the IOC. A first step before a possible validation of the Olympic body for the Paris Games in 2024. A working group has been formed within the UIPM to finalise the rules and details of this new format, before presenting it to the UIPM Congress 2021. It is chaired by Klaus Schormann, the President of the UIPM. In Budapest next month, the world discipline body will be able to test media/TV operations and logistics, as well as conduct an opinion poll of the athletes present. Different scoring models will also be studied, particularly in horse riding, fencing and laser racing. A report will be presented to the working group within five days of the end of the competition.