— Published 4 October 2023

World University Games back on track

Modern pentathlon is making inroads into university sport. Its international body, the UIPM, has announced that next year it will be staging the second edition of the World University Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania, a competition under the aegis of FISU. The event was first added to the calendar in 2018, with an inaugural edition in Budapest. It was due to be held every four years, but the health crisis forced FISU to postpone its second edition. In Budapest in 2018, the competition had been marked by the presence of Italy’s Elena Micheli, double world champion, and Egypt’s Ahmed Elgendy, silver medallist at the Tokyo 2020 Games. Both athletes won medals. In Kaunas next year, the Modern Pentathlon World University Championships will be contested in the new format planned after the Paris 2024 Games, with obstacle racing in place of equestrian as the fifth discipline.