Tokyo Olympics: German pentathlon coach thrown out for punching horse

Last update on. From the section OlympicsSaint Boy refused to jump repeatedly, leaving Annika Schleu in tearsTokyo Olympic Games on BBC Dates: 23 Jul-8 Aug Time in Tokyo: BST+8. Listen live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button; Listen live on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sports Extra, and Sounds; Live text and video clips available on BBC Sport app and website.Because he punched a horse refusing to move during the modern pentathlon, a German coach was expelled from the Olympics.German TV broadcast Coach Kim Raisner urging Annika Schleu, a tearful female athlete, to "really hit the horse" while she struggled with Saint Boy during Friday's showjumping round.Schleu was the previous leader of the event, before the equestrian. Here, athletes have just 20 minutes to bond and ride a horse that they have never ridden.The governing body of modern pentathlon, the UIPM said that it had reviewed video footage showing Raisner - who competed in the 2004 Olympics in modern pentathlon – striking the horse with her fist.The governing body stated in a statement that "her actions were deemed to have violated the UIPM competition regulations, which are applied in all recognised modern pentathlon contests including the Olympic Games.""The UIPM Executive Board [EB] has issued a black card for the Germany team coach Kim Raisner. This disqualifies her from the rest of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games."The EB decision was taken today at Tokyo Stadium, before the resumption or the modern pentathlon competition for men."Saint Boy will not be riding in Saturday's modern pentathlon men's competition.Schleu was eliminated with zero points after the horse cleared only four fences and crashed into the fifth. The horse then refused to jump repeatedly, ending Schleu's chances of clearing all five.