Chengdu’s spectacular new facilities will be honoured with the name of modern Olympic Games founder, Baron Pierre de Coubertin. Coubertin created Modern Pentathlon for the 1912 Olympics designed to represent the ideal complete and well rounded athlete that he hoped to promote in reviving the Olympic Games.
Jacques de Navacelle, grand nephew of Coubertin said it was an offer he could not refuse when UIPM approached him about allowing Coubertin’s name to be used for the stadium.
“I am very impressed with the facilities, they are very well done. It is an achievement in the sense that everything is together. It is unique, the best in the world.”
Navacelle commented on the high level of performance at the 2010 World Championships and beamed with pride that Modern Pentathlon had come so far since its’ founding.
“Coubertin was so passionate about Modern Pentathlon and it is amazing to see in such a big country as China, so far away from Coubertin’s origin, that the passion is shared here.”
The ceremony which placed Coubertin’s head statue at the entrance of the Modern Pentathlon Stadium in Chengdu took place on the 1 September.