Judges primed for Pan American Games after major intake in Lima (PER)
The 18th Pan American Games will take place in Lima, Peru this summer and UIPM has certified almost 60 judges to oversee the Modern Pentathlon competition – which doubles as a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
A course was held from May 7 to 11 in the Peruvian capital, which will host the best pentathletes from 41 nations across the NORCECA and South America regions – among thousands of athletes from other sports – from July 26 to August 11.
The pentathlon takes place in the opening days of the Games (July 27-30) at the Chorrillos Military School, with 32 athletes of each gender competing in individual and relay events.
Five places at Tokyo 2020 will be on offer to female athletes and five to male athletes, and now a group of 59 judges have earned the opportunity to be involved by gaining a qualification at Level 1, 2 or 3 under the UIPM Judges Certification Programme (JCP).
The programme was led by UIPM Technical Delegate Ana Ruth Orellana (GUA) and supported by the Peruvian Modern Pentathlon Federation (FDPPM).
Jorge Salas, President of the South America Modern Pentathlon Confederation and UIPM Executive Board Member, said: “The Pan American Games is a very large sporting event taking place every four years and it is important that we showcase our sport at a high level during Lima 2019.
“It was a pleasure to see the UIPM Judges Certification Programme taking place with so many delegates. I’m sure the commitment and dedication of this group will help to ensure a fantastic spectacle for pentathlon in July and we are all very much looking forward to it.”