Kim Raisner did not finish coaching at the Tokyo Olympics after striking a horse with her fist, and ordering rider Annika Schleu to “really hit” the horse when jumping in the equestrian event.
“Come on Annika, you have to try,” Germany’s modern pentathlon coach said according to People Magazine.
The remarks came after Schleu struggled to convince her horse to jump during the competition. She became increasingly agitated each time Saint Boy refused to jump, prompting the rider to cry and scream out loud.
After Raisner’s actions drew international criticism the Modern Pentathlon Federation (UIPM) disqualified the coach from the show jumping event on Aug. 6.
“The UIPM Executive Board (EB) has given a black card to the Germany team coach Kim Raisner, disqualifying her from the remainder of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” UIPM said in a statement. “EB reviewed video footage that showed Ms Raisner appearing to strike the horse Saint Boy, ridden by Annika Schleu, with her fist during the riding discipline of the women’s modern pentathlon competition.”
UIPM confirmed the Olympic Games was no place to intentionally harm live animals.
“Her actions were deemed to be in violation of the UIPM competition rules, which are applied to all recognised modern pentathlon competitions including the Olympic Games,” the federation said. “The EB decision was made today at the Tokyo Stadium before the resumption of the men’s modern pentathlon competition.”
The German Olympic Sports Federation (GOSF) supports UIPM’s decision to remove the coach. He also asked the federation to immediately implement new rules to discourage such behavior.
“We were all in agreement that the coach will not be at the competition,” GOSF President Alfons Hoermann said according to Reuters. “We also consider that an urgent review of the incident is necessary, especially in terms of animal protection, and that the national and international federations draw their conclusions.”
The modern pentathlon also includes fencing, freestyle swimming, pistol shooting and cross-country running events. Athletes do not ride their own horses in show jumping and are given a horse at random with just 20 minutes to warm up, according to the New York Post.