“A new discipline will provide fresh impetus to our sport and strengthen the position of Modern Pentathlon within the Olympic movement.
“The Modern Pentathlon will remain a five-discipline sport and will continue to provide the ultimate moral and physical examination of an athlete.”
‘World’s attitude toward the exploitation of horses has evolved’
Modern Pentathlon has been part of the Olympic movement since it was introduced by Pierre de Coubertin at the 1912 Games in Stockholm.
游泳, 击剑, running and shooting will remain consistent disciplines — the latter two have since been combined into one Laser Run event — but it is currently unclear what will replace horse riding.
There had been reports that cycling would be included but the UIPM told CNN that this was currently not the case.
The move was welcomed by animal rights group PETA, which had recommended the sport drop the riding discipline.
“The world’s attitude toward the exploitation of horses has evolved, and there’s no room for punishing terrified animals in the show ring,” it said in a statement.
“PETA looks forward to the new cruelty-free pentathlon.”
与此同时, pentathletes around the world have been left stunned by the decision to change the sport so drastically.
“Riding in our sport isn’t perfect, everyone saw what happened in Tokyo,” Olympic champion Joe Choong said on Twitter.
“Athletes & coaches have known there are problems, but it’s hard to make the sport safer for horses, and athletes, when the UIPM won’t even consult us on literally the biggest decision ever made for the sport.”