20 countries accepted the invitation of the Hungarian Modern Pentathlon Association (HMPA) for this friendly but official UIPM competition. Some of these nations have problem with their flights because of the breakdown of the Hungarian Airlines, MALÉV in early February this year. HMPA does really hope they will arrive in time somehow and will attend at the pistes in the morning on 18th of February.
60 men and 47 women will take part at this first occasion to meet after the preparing period for the 2012 season. HMPA will welcome two transatlantic nations USA and Canada. But more gladsome news that Bulgaria, Switzerland and Sweden are also sending their teams to Budapest.
The traditionally strong European Nations will also compete like Lithuania, Italy, Germany, France, Great Britain, Ukraine, Czech Republic. The whole Hungarian Team – seniors, juniors, youths – those who are healthy and ready to fight for the medals will be there at the start line on this Saturday and Sunday.
The venues – FTC Sport Centre (accommodation, fencing, swimming), National Riding Hall (riding), SYMA Sport and Event Centre (combined event) – are well-known where we have already organised a lot of international ’A’ level competitions amongst others World Championships, World Cups, Junior World Championships, Olympic Qualification for Youth OG, etc.
The UIPM will be represented by Mr. Vladimir Miller (SVK) as official Technical Delegate, but there will be two more members of the Technical Committee of UIPM, Mr. Endre Kováts (ESP) and Mr. Janusz Peciak (USA) as coaches of their countries. The shooting will be organised with Laser Precision Targets by the services of the Czech „Pentashot” professionals. The Main Judge of the competition is Mr. László Szatmári Hungarian International Judge. Results provider is Cardsys.
The current Indoor Champion from last year Péter Tibolya (HUN) stated at the press conference on Wednesday: "I will try to repeat my previous year’s performance and keep the gold in Budapest. I’m happy to do the Modern Pentathlon, and not sad because of the lack of qualification for the Olympic Games in London 2012, yet. There are not too many people on Earth who can say that their job is their hobby too.”
You can follow the event LIVE (with some English commentry and interview) on HMPA’s website at www.pentathlon.hu from Saturday morning. You can follow the results live on Pentathlon.org.
Tamás Varga LOC Member, UIPM Business Affairs Delegate