HSH Prince Albert last week opened the new headquarters of the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne, the governing body of modern pentathlon.

Situated within Stade Louis II, the new premises are more spacious than the old space also within the stadium.

UIPM President Dr Klaus Schormann and Vice President Joël Bouzou greeted the Sovereign in person and provided a socially-distanced tour of the new Headquarters, which has been renovated and decorated to represent the colours of UIPM.

Dr Schormann said: “It was a great honour to be here in Monaco to officially welcome HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, UIPM Honorary President and IOC Member, to the new Headquarters of UIPM – 23 years after I welcomed him to the opening of our first official UIPM Headquarters in Monaco on July 11,1997.

“We are grateful to HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and the Palace of Monaco for their continued support of our sporting movement. With this move to a new Headquarters we have demonstrated our commitment to the Principality while upgrading to an office more suited to a rapidly growing International Federation of Olympic sport.

“UIPM was formed in 1948 in Sandhurst (GBR) during the London Olympics with the responsibility to govern Modern Pentathlon. Today the Union has more than 120 member federations and oversees a global sporting pyramid comprising a wide range of multi-sports.”

Also present to greet the prince was Secretary General Shiny Fang.

PHOTO: HSH Prince Albert and UIPM President Dr Klaus Schormann