On the sidelines of the recent ANOC General Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) represented by its President, Klaus Schormann, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ANOCA represented by President Mustapha Berraf.
ANOCA undertook, under this Memorandum, to provide equipment, technical support and assistance for modern pentathlon training in Africa. Speaking after the signing, ANOCA Secretary General, Ahmed Hashim, said that the MOU was inspired by the cooperation ties between ANOCA and International Federations, notably the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the International Swimming Federation (FINA).
“Modern pentathlon is a very old sport. UIPM aims to develop its activities in Africa by offering the continent’s athletes the opportunity to benefit from better training conditions, and to increase the number of officials and coaches on the continent. The project has been beneficial for us, as the continent already has over 20 federations, with about 40% in modern pentathlon. We are willing to cooperate with all International Federations,” he underscored. “We have already reached agreements with UCI and FINA, and this one is in line with our strategy to open our doors to IFs in order to work together to develop relevant disciplines on the promotion of relative sports in the continent,” added ANOCA Secretary General.