UIPM 2011 Congress News
Riga, Latvia -- The International Federation of Modern Pentathlon (UIPM) Congress for 2011 was adjourned over the weekend with the laser pistol issue at the forefront of the meeting. It was resolved that all significant (UIPM) Junior and Youth A and B competitions shall use the laser pistol in the combined event. This is considered the next step to seeing the laser pistol introduced at World Cup and Olympic competition following it's successful debut at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Anna Olesinski (Roswell, N.M.) and Nathan Schrimsher (Roswell, N.M.) represented he United States at this inaugural event of the International Olympic Committee.
Klaus Schorrman, president of the UIPM, is delighted that the laser technology will continue to advance and that the modern pentathlon will continue to be modernized. The advent of laser shooting makes the sport one of the most relevant events in the Olympic movement considering the current digital revolution among the youth of the world.
In other actions, the UIPM approved the 2011 calendar, bringing a World Cup back to the United States after more than a decade. Palm Sprngs, Calif., was approved to host the first World Cup for the 2011 season, Feb. 24-28, 2011.