Kim Raisner was barred from competing in the Tokyo Olympics for punching a horse during the women’s pentathlon.
Kim Raisner, a German modern pentathlon coach, has been booted out of Tokyo 2020.
Kim Raisner, a modern pentathlon coach, has been disqualified from the Tokyo Olympics after being caught punching a horse during the women’s modern pentathlon event on Friday. Following her attempts to control Saint Boy prior of her jump, the German was visibly enraged as she attempted to aid Annika Schleu.
The competitors are normally allowed 20 minutes to bond with the horses, who are unfamiliar to them before to the competition.
Schleu had been in the lead before Saint Boy shattered her chances of winning a medal.
As she entered the arena, she was in tears, and it was evident that Schleu’s horse had caused her trouble.
Saint Boy had already proven to be a challenging ride in the first round, which was a foreshadowing of what was to follow.
To the German team’s dismay, the horse refused to trot around the course and was bucking.
The governing organization for modern pentathlon, the UIPM, then decided to look into social media complaints about the horse’s care.
Following a review of film that clearly showed Raisner punching the horse with her fist, a statement subsequently announced that she will be booted out of the Games.
“The UIPM Executive Board (EB) has issued a black card to Germany team coach Kim Raisner, disqualifying her from the duration of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” according to the statement.
“During the riding discipline of the women’s modern pentathlon competition, the EB reviewed video footage that appeared to show Ms Raisner striking the horse Saint Boy, ridden by Annika Schleu, with her fist.
“Her acts were found to be in breach of the UIPM competition rules, which apply to all recognized modern pentathlon events, including the Olympic Games.
“The EB decision was taken today at Tokyo Stadium before the men’s modern pentathlon competition resumed.”
Schleu appeared to foresee her own fate before the final, confessing that she was nervous about the trip.
“I’m going to attempt to keep my nerves up till tomorrow. “It’s incredible,” she exclaimed.
“Everything I attempted made logic, and it all felt right.
“If I’m being honest, I’m a little worried as well,” she said before adding, “If I’m being honest, I’m a little scared as well.”