The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is set to vote this week to eliminate an event. Each event will be evaluated based on performance from the 2012 London Olympics in order to determine which Olympic program should get the axe.
The most likely event to be cut from the Olympics is one that has been around since the 1912 Stockholm games — the modern pentathlon. The modern pentathlon was created by French baron Pierre de Coubertin and combines fencing, horse riding, swimming, running and shooting, which were considered the essential skills that were required to be a 19th century Calvary officer.
Modern pentathlon is considered to be outdated, but there are still those who are behind the sport and want it to remain in the Olympics because of the history the event has in the games.
UIPM President Klaus Schormann is leading the charge to keep modern pentathlon in the Olympics.
“The Olympic movement always needs history,” Klau said, per The Associated Press. “You cannot just say we look only at the future. You can have a future when you are stable on the basic part of history. We are continuing to develop, to renovate, to be innovative and creative. We are very proud of what we achieved so far and want to deliver this as well for the next generations in 2020.”
Other events that are on the chopping block are taekwondo, wrestling, badminton and table tennis.
Which event should be eliminated from the Olympics and what would you like to see take it’s place? Personally, I am all for trading the modern pentathlon if we can land darts in the Olympics.