Over a hundred athletes, trainers, referees, and sports representatives gathered on Friday in Budapest to protest against a recent decision by the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) to remove horse riding from pentathlon’s Olympic program after 2024.
“This is a day of historic importance, a day when we are seeing unprecedented cooperation in the sports of the pentathlon,” said Ádám Marosi, an Olympic bronze, and multiple World Championship-winning athlete.
Ferenc Török, an Olympic champion and lawyer, initiated that the sport’s Hungarian association and the Hungarian Olympic Committee should jointly appeal to the International Olympic Committee.
At the event, an open letter addressed to Thomas Bach, the president of IOC, and signed by the participants was presented to the media. In the letter, they ask the IOC chief to take action against the decision “which is harmful and detrimental not only to pentathlon but also to the prestige of the Olympic Games”.
Featured image: Ádám Marosi in the men’s pentathlon equestrian event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, postponed to 2021 due to the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus at the Tokyo Stadium on 7 August 2021. Photo by Zsolt Czeglédi/MTI