After three weeks of intensive modern pentathlon activities in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, UIPM President Dr. Klaus Schormann attended a peaceful, symbol-rich ceremony on the legacy and future of the pentathlon modern.
Dr Schormann planted an oak tree with Professor Dr Veli Ozan Cakir, President of the Turkish Modern Pentathlon Federation, in Ankara (TUR) – which recently hosted the 2022 UIPM Pentathlon World Cup, the Cup final of world and the new pentathlon discipline test event. weeks.
The two presidents were joined by athletes, including members of the UIPM Athletes’ Committee, as well as colleagues from the UIPM Executive Council at the ceremony.
President Dr Schormann said: “The oak symbolizes the special environment that modern pentathlon is creating. It is a symbol of modern pentathlon and grows with deep roots to withstand storms.
“Furthermore, tree planting is of increasing environmental importance and symbolizes the UIPM’s commitment to sustainability.
Tree planting has a long association with modern pentathlon dating back to 1912, when an entire oak forest was planted around the Stockholm Olympic Stadium (SWE) where the sport debuted on the Olympic program under the vision of Baron Pierre de Coubertin.