Horseback riding will no longer be featured in the 2028 Olympics to be held in Los Angeles. It was this sport that was excluded from the current pentathlon performance. Such a statement raises several problems associated with the exclusion of this sport from the Olympic Games. It is necessary to look for a replacement for this sport, and this is not so easy to do as it seems at first glance.
This decision was made after an incident at the Tokyo Olympics. It was then that the head coach of Germany began to beat the pony because she refused to continue racing and jump over an obstacle.
International Modern Pentathlon Union, that their decision may be harsh and shocking for someone, but in fact, they thought about this issue well and decided that this is the only way to save the equestrian sport from such incidents. Life in the Olympic Games is changing, so we have to adapt to every change that occurs.
Many animal rights organizations were positive about this decision. But they added that horse-riding should also be banned at the next Olympic Games, which are due to be held in Paris in 2024. But it is not yet clear whether the leadership of the Olympic Games listens to this advice.