All Set for Fourth Edition of Modern Pentathlon in Qatar

All Set for Fourth Edition of Modern Pentathlon in Qatar
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The frenetic and grueling competition of UIPM Modern Pentathlon Champion of Champions is back in Doha and its fourth edition will be held at the state-of-the-art Al Shaqab arena and Qatar Foundation's Recreation Centre on October 21 (Saturday) and October 22 (Sunday).

The two-day competition, organised by the Qatar Equestrian Federation and the Modern Pentathlon Federation (UIPM), is based on the founder of the modern Olympic games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin's idea, will feature 34 athletes from 16 countries competing in five disciplines - swimming, fencing, riding, running and shooting.

Back in the thick of action will also be previous edition's men's winner in Doha Germany's Patrick Dogue.

The 24-year-old had beaten the challenge from some of the leading athletes in style to emerge triumphant and win the gold medal. He would be challenged by the World No. 6 Alexsandr Lesun of Russia and also last's year's silver medalist in Doha and now ranked nine Valentin Belaud of France.

Among the women, German Annika Schleu, who won here last year isn't there but leading the challenge will be Hungarian Tamara Alekszejev. The 29-year-old is currently world ranked four. She is likely to face a tough contest from 26-year-old Italian Alice Sotero, currently world No. 10.

Welcoming the competition, Qatar's Olympian rider and Event Director Ali Al Rumaihi said,"We are excited at this fantastic opportunity to host the event in Qatar once again. This will help us to build on previous editions of the Modern Pentathlon Champion of Champions competition working closely with the International Federation of Modern Pentathlon (UIPM).

"We hope to showcase this sport in Qatar and across the whole of the Middle East, supporting Qatar National Vision 2030 to develop the nation into an international sporting hub.

"In addition to being an international world class sports event, our hosting of the COC competition provides an opportunity for the community to discover and understand the sport, especially those who are not familiar with it," he added.

Promotional plans are being put together to encourage the younger generation to attend such a competition, to generate an interest in sports among the young and develop a healthy lifestyle.

"Through organising such international competitions, we hope to inspire the community and realise more participation from local residents in Qatar," stressed Rumaihi.

A former athlete and President of UIPM, Dr Klaus Schormann praised the organisational abilities of Qatar.

"During the 2016 UIPM Champion of Champions, we witnessed a very special moment of sportsmanship and also this year I welcome you all to celebrate wonderful event through Modern Pentathlon in the spirit of friendship and peace.

"For the first time we saw an athlete from Qatar participate at this high level competition and when he completed his final lap of the Laser-Run, all the other athletes gathered at the finish line to applaud him.

This was a true expression of the values of Olympic sport, as established by Baron Pierre de Coubertin. These values remain central to our sporting movement.

"Doha is a special pillar of our movement and I thank our hosts, the Qatar Equestrian & Modern Pentathlon Federation and all the volunteers who will make the 2017 Champion of Champions such a special occasion," he said.

The women's individual event will take place on Saturday while the men's individual event will be held on Sunday.

The format for the Doha event includes fencing (epee), swimming (200m freestyle), riding (show jumping on a 350-450m course with 12 obstacles), shooting (laser pistol 10m standing) and running (3km cross-country).

By Vinay Nayudu

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