— Published 25 January 2021

Minsk will have to wait

Predictable. Following the path opened by the IOC and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) in turn sanctions Belarus. The UIPM Executive Council voted to postpone the 2021 world championships, initially scheduled for June in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. The major competition of the international season will go well on the scheduled dates, June 7-13, but in a different city. It will be the last qualifying event for the Tokyo Games. Its new location should be known in the coming days. However, there is no question of wiping Belarus off the map of the modern pentathlon. Its capital will host the world championships, but at a later date, in the years to come. Explanation by Klaus Schormann, UIPM President: “The UIPM Executive Council has closely followed developments in Belarus over the past few months and assessed the viability of the world pentathlon and laser run championships in Minsk on the scheduled dates. They also took into account the sanctions imposed by the IOC last December on the Belarusian National Olympic Committee. After discussions, we voted to postpone the world championships in Minsk, due to fears that the current instability of the host country could jeopardise the success of the UIPM’s flagship competition. In particular, it was feared that many nations would hesitate to go to Belarus“.