Dhaka, Bangladesh, October 14, 2020: Starved of global competitions for most of 2020 by COVID-19, National Modern Pentathlon Federations have been carefully managing a return to sport in recent months.
Bangladesh, Philippines and Uzbekistan have all been involved.
When the Government gave the green light for limited sports training to resume from July 15, the Bangladesh NF reacted quickly and resumed Laser Run and Fencing training every Friday starting on July 16.
Nineteen athletes in the Under 14, Under 18 and Senior (20+) age groups are training under the supervision of SM Zahangir Alam Rony (Laser Run) and Fayez Ahmed (Fencing).
As well as providing athletes and a video crew for UIPM 2020 #LaserAllStars, the Philippines NF resumed competition with a one-off ‘Triathle 2020’ event at New Ormoc City National High School Swimming Pool on September 5. There were three age categories (U12, U16 and U23) for male and female participants.
Government restrictions meant that participation was restricted to those from the capital city Tashkent, but the newly-formed NF in Uzbekistan organized its first-ever Laser Run competitions for U13 and senior athletes at the Universal Jumping Club on August 29. Elena Osminkina and Muslim Izmaylov won the senior titles.