Modern pentathlon faces civil war over plans to introduce obstacle race

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Obstacle-course racing is close to being named as the new fifth sport in modern pentathlon, replacing equestrianism, in a highly contentious move that opponents warn will plunge the sport deeper into civil war.

The Guardian can reveal that Team GB’s Tokyo 2020 champion, Joe Choong, is among a group of Olympic and world medallists who wrote to the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, on Sunday urging him to intervene and accusing the sport’s governing body, the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne, of ignoring the wishes of its athletes.

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