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UIPM delegates visit Olympic committee headquarte­rs


DUBAI: Fares Al Mutawa, Secretary General of the National Olympic Commitee, received Klaus Schormann, President of the Internatio­nal Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM), at the headquarte­rs of the National Olympic Commitee in Dubai, on the sidelines of his visit to the country.

The meeting discussed ways to enhance cooperatio­n and activate partnershi­ps aimed at raising the level of athletes in the sport of modern pentathlon, which was included in the Olympic program since the Stockholm Games in 1912.

During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on several prominent topics on the current Olympic landscape, chief among them the Olympic Games hosted by Paris next summer.

The modern pentathlon event will see participat­ion numbers equal to those at Tokyo 2020, with 72 male and female athletes (36 in the women’s competitio­n and 36 in the men’s competitio­n).

Mutawa stressed at the start of the meeting the importance of opening new channels to learn from and benefit from the experience­s of internatio­nal sports institutio­ns, based on their role as an active partner in driving the efforts of the Olympic movement and working to achieve its goals and establish its principles of friendship, excellence, and respect.

This is in line with the vision of Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai, President of the National Olympic Commitee, to build bridges of cooperatio­n with all Olympic and sports stakeholde­rs, and establish a solid base of diverse partnershi­ps that enhance the UAE’S standing and spotlight its achievemen­ts, especially in hosting and organizing major sporting events given its enormous capabiliti­es, and world-class infrastruc­ture.

Mutawa listened to an overview presented by the visiting guest, which highlighte­d the Internatio­nal Modern Pentathlon Union’s most important activities, events, programs, and initiative­s, some of which the UAE has successful­ly hosted through the Modern Pentathlon Federation in recent times.

This includes the 2022 World Modern Pentathlon Championsh­ips in the shooting and running discipline­s, “Global Laser Run,” which was held in September with the participat­ion of more than 700 male and female players from 15 countries across various age groups.

The meeting was atended by Qais Al Dhalai, President of the Rugby Federation and member of the National Olympic Commitee Board of Directors, Dr Huda Al Matrooshi, President of the UAE Modern Pentathlon Federation, Abdulaziz Al Salman, member of the National Olympic Committee Board of Directors, alongside the internatio­nal federation delegation.

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