Trendy Pentathlon: Vote goes in favour of changing present leaping with impediment racing

Obstacle course racing has been tested in four countries throughout this year
Impediment course racing has been examined in 4 nations all through this 12 months

Nationwide federations have backed controversial plans to switch present leaping with impediment course racing within the trendy pentathlon.

The proposal will now be put to the Worldwide Olympic Committee, who will determine whether or not to incorporate the brand new format within the 2028 Olympics.

The swap acquired the minimal of two-thirds assist it wanted to undergo.

The UIPM, the game’s worldwide governing physique, mentioned there was an 83.3% vote in favour of the change.

“The vote supplies UIPM with a mandate to suggest a new-look trendy pentathlon together with impediment self-discipline to the IOC for potential inclusion within the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Video games,” a UIPM assertion mentioned.

Trendy pentathlon is presently made up of fencing, swimming, present leaping and a mixed working and taking pictures occasion.

Present leaping was eliminated by the UIPM after a German coach was seen putting a horse on the Tokyo Olympics.

Britain’s Olympic champion Joe Choong has mentioned he’ll give up trendy pentathlon if present leaping is changed with impediment course racing.

Athletes from USA Pentathlon have additionally opposed the proposed adjustments.

Present leaping will stay one of many 5 occasions for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, however trendy pentathlon shouldn’t be presently listed to be included within the 2028 Video games in Los Angeles.

Impediment course racing was chosen from 61 recommendations to switch present leaping throughout a session in October 2021. Climbing, javelin, lengthy leap, orienteering and cyclo-cross have been additionally thought-about.

Impediment course racing has been examined in 4 nations all through this 12 months, with organisers saying there was an 88% satisfaction ranking from individuals.

It’s the solely sport that has been examined as a substitute for present leaping, which the UIPM mentioned is due to time constraints.