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New 5th Discipline

Update on July 15th, 2022

All UIPM National Federations as well as Committees and Commission Members received via email the full report of the first test for the obstacle discipline.

Update on July 4th, 2022

The registrations for the second test for the obstacle discipline were launched. Athletes from Asia and around the world will have an opportunity to sample it in Manila, Philippines.

The test will be held at Bridgetowne Central Park on August 6-7 in parallel with the Asian leg of the Ninja World Cup, run by the Pilipinas Obstacle Sports Federation (POSF) in collaboration with World Obstacle (FISO).

The full article can be seen here.

Update on June 28th, 2022

An article about the organization of the first test for the obstacle discipline has been published on the UIPM website here.

After a practice day (June 27) that gave many pentathletes the chance to try the course for the first time, all returning junior and senior pentathletes together with obstacle athletes were given at least two chances to compete and race the bespoke course on June 28, built on site in collaboration with World Obstacle (FISO), Tokyo Broadcasting System Television (TBS) and Spartan Race.

Update on May 3rd, 2022

The 5th Discipline Working Group (WG) met in Budapest (HUN) on May 1st to conclude about actions to be done to reach the goals established for the Q2 phase of the project. The proposal made by the WG to select two variations of Obstacle Discipline to be tested was fully approved by the UIPM Executive Board (EB) who also met in the Hungarian capital on May 2nd.

Testing will begin immediately after the UIPM 2022 Pentathlon World Cup Final in Ankara (TUR) in late June. Following comprehensive testing, the final decision will be taken by the UIPM Congress.

The WG and EB confirmed that UIPM will start working with World Obstacle Federation from now on for the new 5th discipline and further partnership.

You can see the full news article here.

Update on Apr 1st, 2022

The UIPM updated on the progress made by the New 5th Discipline Working Group in completing its Q1 planned goals related to the selection process. In total, UIPM had received 61 discipline proposals, sent by 39 different stakeholders from 37 nations including the suggestions presented by the UIPM Athletes Committee after conducting discussions within an Athlete Focus Group composed of 26 athletes from 22 nations.

In order to shortlist the disciplines, two rounds of evaluations have been conducted within the Working Group according to the 13 pre-established criteria. The WG will have a physical meeting during the UIPM 2022 Pentathlon World Cup Budapest in the last week of April to make its final decision on the discipline to be tested, in order to start a more detailed competition rules and format study within Q2.

To see the full article published in our news section please click here.

Update on Feb 16th, 2022

UIPM communicates that the period for receiving proposals for the new discipline closed yesterday, Feb 15th.

We acknowledge the efforts of National Federations and individuals who took their time to contribute to the process by presenting creative and innovative proposals. 

All ideas received will now be presented to the Working Group (WG) to be studied and analyzed. The WG will conclude the selection phase by the end of Q1, as part of the timeline previously presented.

Update on Jan 28th, 2022

In a communication addressed to all UIPM National Federations, as well as Committees and Commissions members, the UIPM Secretary-General officially asked for proposals on the new discipline before Feb 15th, in order to be further analysed by the New 5th Discipline Working Group (WG).

Besides, an Athletes focus group, built directly from UIPM Athletes Committee including all continents representatives as well as representing multiple age groups and experiences, started to work on collecting proposals that will be also presented to the WG. Communications of the UIPM Athletes Committee can be found on this Instagram link.

Update on Jan 18th, 2022

The WG formed to lead the consultation process to identify the historic New 5th Discipline had its first meeting. The WG started to collect specific suggestions and also discussed the 13 decisive criteria for the selection of the new discipline.

The timeline for the year ahead was also set up including tests to be conducted, as follows:

  • Q1: Selection phase (WG online meetings; consultations to stakeholders’ groups)
  • Q2: Rules discussion phase (WG physical and online meetings; discussions and analysis focused on a reduced group of preselected disciplines)
  • Q3: Testing phase (new discipline tests besides WG meetings, culminating in a final WG report to the Executive Board)
  • Q4: Ratification phase (discipline approval by the UIPM Congress and further submission to IOC)

The full article published about the first WG meeting in our news section is here.

Update on December 23, 2021

The UIPM today announced the full composition of the working group that will lead the historic 5th Discipline Consultation.

The working group, which will meet for the first time in January 2022, will enable UIPM to rise to the challenge set by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reform Modern Pentathlon for inclusion in the Los Angeles 2028 programme.

The 5th Discipline consultation aims to identify a new discipline that will replace Riding after Paris 2024, reducing the cost and complexity of Modern Pentathlon and making it more universally accessible.

UIPM will consider all ideas and suggestions sent from outside of the Working Group – anyone who would like to contribute to the consultation can email



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