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Olympics: Joe Choong threatens to LEAVE the modern pentathlon

Joe Choong threatens to LEAVE the modern pentathlon, as the Olympic champion says it “ wouldn’t be the same sport ” if jumping were replaced by cycling

Olympic champion Joe Choong says he would have to abandon the modern pentathlon if horse riding is replaced by cycling because “it would not be the same sport.”

It emerged on Tuesday that show jumping will be removed as one of five disciplines from the 109-year-old Olympic event, which also consists of fencing, swimming, shooting and running.

The change would come after Paris 2024, and the modern pentathlon’s governing body, UIPM, was said to be considering cycling rather than cycling despite not even consulting athletes.

Choong, who won gold for Great Britain at the men’s event in Tokyo 2020, told Sportsmail: ‘It was a shock to me. It is not pleasant to listen.

‘If I switched to cycling, I wouldn’t be in sport. It doesn’t suit me at all. I’m sure many athletes would feel the same.

“ I am sorry for the juniors who have outgrown the sport and started their riding lessons only for this to change so drastically. I don’t think it’s good to participate in sport.

Joe Choong Says He Would Have To Ditch The Modern Pentathlon If A New Change Is Implemented

Joe Choong Says He Would Have To Ditch The Modern Pentathlon If A New Change Is Implemented

“What makes the pentathlon so unique is that it tests a wide range of sporting skills. You have the aptitude for running and swimming, the technical element of shooting and fencing, and then the ability to work with another animal in horseback riding.

“By eliminating horse riding, it just wouldn’t be the same sport. Personally, I don’t want to talk about the pentathlon as a sport with five different sports.

“I don’t want to grow up and have children and then explain to them that I am an Olympic champion of a sport that does not exist. That to me is not a good idea.

“Sport was invented in 1912. I don’t think sport can be changed like that with so much history.”

Jumping will be replaced by cycling after a German coach struck a horse at Tokyo 2020 in scenes that shocked the sport.

Jumping will be replaced by cycling after a German coach struck a horse at Tokyo 2020 in scenes that shocked the sport.

Jumping will be replaced by cycling after a German coach struck a horse at Tokyo 2020 in scenes that shocked the sport.

The proposal to eliminate horsemanship comes after the Tokyo Games, when German coach Kim Raisner was seen hitting the Saint Boy horse after it was refused to jump by athlete Annika Schleu, who had been leading the women’s competition. Kate French of Team GB won the gold medal before Choong completed a British double the following day.

“It was quite nerve-wracking to see that, but there are a lot of fixes that would work very well to keep shooting in this format,” added Choong.

“In the UK, we have to take a riding test, a bit like getting a driver’s license, before he is allowed to go racing internationally on horseback. But internationally there is no such rule, so anyone can show up and be thrown on a horse.

Choong, who won gold for team GB last summer, says the sport 'wouldn't be the same'

Choong, who won gold for team GB last summer, says the sport 'wouldn't be the same'

Choong, who won gold for team GB last summer, says the sport ‘wouldn’t be the same’

“In the Olympics, the jumps were 1.2 meters high, but often in the World Cups we only have to jump 80 to 90 cm, so it allows you to qualify for the Olympics without actually being able to ride. an olympic height.

‘The UIPM has not spoken to any national governing body about this at all. I’m usually a massive optimist and hope this is just an idea rather than a decision, but it doesn’t sound very good. ‘

The UIPM said in a statement: “As part of the UIPM’s commitment to maintaining a strong and dynamic profile for the modern pentathlon, a series of strategic meetings are taking place. These meetings will include a forthcoming call with the national federations later this week. The outcome of these meetings will be detailed in a press release to be published on November 4.

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