The only sport designed specifically for the Olympics has been axed for LA 2028. Now it’s fighting for survival

Australian three-time Olympic pentathlete Alex Watson has challenged the sport’s international president in a move that is sure to have widespread reverberations as modern pentathlon faces an uncertain future.

There are claims of secrecy, cover-ups and keeping the sport’s most-credentialed athletes in the dark regarding the axing of show jumping, to be replaced by Ninja Warrior-style obstacle racing, an event that has widespread television popularity.

The international governing body — UIPM — has been presided over by Germany’s Klaus Schormann for the past 30 years, with the sport now fighting for survival. It is not included on the program for the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

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