UIPM President's Activities: November/December 2021
04.11.2021: Innovation Call with NFs & Committees
The UIPM Executive Board informed all National Federations and UIPM Committee members about the 5th Discipline consultation that will consider alternatives to Riding after the Olympic Summer Games Paris 2024.
The new discipline has to be identified in the coming months by the 5th Discipline Working Group, which includes all stakeholders of UIPM. The final decision will be made at the UIPM 2022 Congress in Antigua (GUA).
05.11.2021: IF Forum
UIPM President Dr Klaus Schormann took part in SportAccord’s virtual International Federation (IF) Forum 2021, which brought together 300+ representatives from more than 125 IFs. The Forum covered key reflections from the rescheduled 2020 Olympic Games, entitled ‘Tokyo 2020 – Learnings and Takeaways for the Future’.
09.-10.11.2021: Transition Seminar
Dr Schormann remotely joined the IF Transition Seminar, held in Lausanne (SUI) and attended by IOC President Dr Thomas Bach. President Dr Bach thanked all Summer IFs and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) for their contribution to the great success of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and looked ahead to the upcoming editions of the Olympic Games.
10.11.2021: CAMP Congress
The UIPM President welcomed all African Federations for their General Assembly, where delegates had a briefing of activities for the future and elected a new African Confederation President, Sylvestre Zare from Burkina Faso, as well as new CAMP Executive Board Members.
16.11-17.11.2021: Paris, FRA
UIPM President Dr Klaus Schormann and Secretary General Shiny Fang had their first site visit after Tokyo 2020 in Versailles, where the Modern Pentathlon Stadium will be placed in front of the Versailles Palace during the Olympic Games Paris 2024.
Furthermore, Jean-Philippe Gatien and Anne Murac from the Paris 2024 Organising Committee updated Dr Schormann and Mrs Fang on preparations, enabling the UIPM President and Secretary General to discuss fine details of the venue and sport programme with the organisers.
19.11.2021: Masters Committee
The UIPM President and Secretary General briefed the UIPM Masters Committee about the ongoing issues with Riding. Furthermore, the group discussed the future of the Masters movement and the UIPM Masters World Championship in 2022 in Hämeenlinna (FIN).
The video conference was also attended by UIPM Vice President Joel Bouzou, Masters Committee Chair Peter Engerisser and Members Shereen Saleh and Heidi Walli, and UIPM Operations Director Alexandre Franca.
25.11-29.11.2021: Monaco, MON
On November 25/26 the UIPM Executive Board took place for the first time in UIPM’s expansive new office headquarters. The meeting featured discussions on topics relating to the future of UIPM, as well as developing the sport in more countries to increase accessibility around the world.
At the end of the first day, EB members joined UIPM staff for a social reception.
On November 27/28 the 71st UIPM Congress took place virtually, with UIPM Executive Board Members and staff present in Monaco and the General Assembly managed by Lumi Global broadcasted to the worldwide UIPM Sports community.
Dr Klaus Schormann was elected for his eighth term as UIPM President, while 1st Vice President Juan Antonio Samaranch (IOC Member) also received a ringing endorsement to continue in his role.
Delegates also voted 81% in favour of ratifying the UIPM Executive Board’s historic decision to open the 5th Discipline consultation process.
01.12.-06.12.2021: Cali, COL
UIPM President Dr Schormann travelled to Colombia with Executive Assistant Lena Nussbaumer to attend the 1st Junior Pan American Games.
They met with NOC Presidents and Secretary Generals and participating Modern Pentathlon athletes from various countries.
A deep discussion took place with the President and Vice President of the Guatemala Olympic Committee (COG), as well as Percy Barberena, President of the Guatemala National Modern Pentathlon Association (ANPMG) about the UIPM 2022 Congress in Antigua (GUA), where Modern Pentathlon’s new 5th Discipline will be decided.
The Junior Games with more than 20 nations underlined the strong activities in the Americas under the leadership of Pan-American Confederation President Jorge Salas OLY and the strong support from UIPM Vice President Juan Manzo as well as NORCECA Confederation President Rob Stull OLY.
On December 4, the UIPM President briefed all Pan-American Member Federations about the current positioning of Modern Pentathlon in the Olympic Movement and answered questions relating to the 5th Discipline consultation.
Dr Schormann received full support from all delegates for UIPM’s strategic direction. They thanked UIPM for the new steps, providing much stronger possibilities for development of UIPM Sports. Accessibility for the majority of athletes around the world is the key to a bright future for Modern Pentathlon.
Dr Schormann joined Confederation President Salas in an informal meeting with Santiago Fernandez, President of the Colombia Modern Pentathlon Federation (FCPM) and thanked him for the support of his federation and for the excellent and well-organised competitions.
The UIPM President also congratulated Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO) President Neven Ilic and Secretary General Ivar Sisniega (also Chair of the UIPM Innovation Commission) on the organisation of the inaugural Games, which was a milestone for the development of sport around the whole American continent and a bridge for youth to senior competitions.
On December 5, President Schormann and Ivar Sisniega met IOC Vice President Nicole Hoevertsz and briefed her on the outcome of the 71st UIPM Congress held a week before, including the 5th Discipline consultation.
06.12.-10.12.2021: Miami, USA
IPM President Dr Schormann and the Vice Mayor of Ford Myers, Dr Liston Bochette III (also President of Modern Pentathlon Federation of Puerto Rico and Treasurer of NORCECA) visited various cities of Florida, where they met with Mayors and city council members.
In this goodwill tour the main issue was to promote Modern Pentathlon in Florida and to find new partnerships for UIPM through politics, businesses and the academic world. They went to Miami, Fort Myers, Sarasota, Saint Petersburg, Tampa, Gainesville, Orlando and Palm Beach.
At a basketball match at the University of Florida (UF) where he holds the positions of Associate Chair and Master Lecturer, the UIPM President met with Prof Dr Douglas DeMichelle.
Dr DeMichelle offered Modern Pentathlon athletes the chance to experience learning internships that allow them to contribute to agencies, learn the culture of organisations and make professional contacts in sport management. Further talks will take place about this exciting opportunity.
The UIPM President met with the Mayor of Palm Beach, Danielle Moore, at the Mar-a-Lago historical landmark. They discussed business and sponsorship opportunities and possibilities for hosting competitions and UIPM meetings.