The UIPM is represented in the Middle East by Mihail Kouzev, who explains the event as follows “The BIATHLE race begins with a pack start of runners who complete one-half of the total running distance before entering a 50 meter transition area. Athletes then dive into the water and swim the required swimming distance before exiting the water, putting on their shoes and running the second leg of the run to the finish line. Juniors will run from between 500m and 1000m, then swim between 50 and 100m and then finish the race with the same running distance. Adults run either 1km or 1.5km, swim 100 or 200m and conclude with the same running distance again. The Biathle consists of the two fundamental events of the Modern Pentathlon. As Baron Pierre de Coubertin has mentioned” - he added - “The Modern Pentathlon is the event would test a man's/woman's moral qualities as much as his physical resources and skills, thereby producing the ideal, complete athlete.
The primary objective of the UIPM Biathle Wold Championship Dubai 2010 is to show the World that Dubai and especially the Dubai Sports Council are encouraging the growth of new sports, by promote the sport and make it sustainable and viable prospect for all people and especially the youth.” – he added.
SUPER SPORTS Event Management Services, a Dubai based company specialising in local sporting events, will assist in organizing and promoting the event on behalf of the UIPM. “We are excited about this event and know that the 250 international athletes and 150 of their supporters are looking forward to coming to Dubai. There will also be a couple of expats living in the UAE who have qualified for this event and they will be representing their home countries which is great for the local community athletes” commented race organizer Warren van der Merwe, Managing Director of Super Sports. “A lot of planning with Le Meridien Mina Seyahi and DIMC has been done as well as with the respective international federations, so we are looking forward to all of this coming together over the race weekend and hope everyone associated with the event will have a memorable experience – especially the athletes” he added.
Chris de Nil, Recreation Director of Le Meridien Mina Seyahi confirmed their participation as hosts of the event saying “We have the perfect venue to host an event like this and reconfirms once again that Le Meridien Mina Seyahi is at the forefront of hosting local and international sporting events in Dubai. We look forward to a very successful Biathle and help expand this event in the years to come”.
Main Sponsor of the event are Mercedes Benz Gargash Enterprises while co-sponsors include Sea Dubai, Desert Adventures, Zoggs, Maggie, Oasis Water, Pocari Sweat, Premiere Timing and Physique TV.
Official UIPM webpage: www.pentathlon.org
Official UIPM Sponsors: New balance, Speedo and Lufthansa