Dear Member Federations,

Dear athletes, coaches and officials,

Dear friends,

Welcome to the beautiful and ancient city of Rome for the 3rd round of the 2015 UIPM World Cup. We have already witnessed two wonderfully successful events in Sarasota, USA, and Cairo, Egypt, where I am sure you will agree our sport of Modern Pentathlon once again excelled on a global stage. Whether you have been involved on the field of play, behind the scenes or as a spectator, I hope you will have been impressed by the drama of the sport andcommitment of the competitors. We have witnessed some high-class live sporting action from the world’s best male and female pentathletes. It is perhaps fitting that we now embark on a week of Modern Pentathlon in one of the world’s most famous capital cities where sport and culture have come together throughout the ages. The Great Colosseum at the heart of this vibrant city was the birthplace of the Gladiators, who were revered for their physical and mental strength. Likewise, our pentathletes will need to summon all their physical and mental prowess as they take another step on the road to qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Once again, I would ask our athletes and coaches not to forget that they have a responsibility to uphold the values of Fair Play, friendship and peace that underpin our sport. Our hosts have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure World Cup #3 is a special success and we are pleased to be able to showcase Modern Pentathlon on a global stage courtesy of our corporate partners, our broadcast partners and our officials. None of this would be possible without the Local Organising Committee, the Italian Modern Pentathlon Federation and the many local volunteers here in Rome.

I wish you all a wonderful week of Modern Pentathlon.

 

Dr Klaus Schormann

President, Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne