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“Really looking forward” – Ninja Warrior is in consideration for 2028 LA Summer Olympics

Ninja Warrior might be on the next Olympic roster.

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An Olympic gold medal for Ninja Warrior skills may not be just a far-fetched dream anymore. Japanese TV network, TBS, the creator of the original Ninja Warrior reality competition format revealed on Monday that the show’s signature obstacle course will be tested for potential inclusion in the Los Angeles 2028 Summer Olympic Games. The Ninja Warrior course is under consideration to be added as the new fifth disciple of the Modern Pentathlon as a regular sport at the Summer Olympics.

The Modern Penthalon previously consisted of five disciplines: laster pistol shooting, running, fencing, swimming and equestrian. The organizers of the sport, the Union Internationale De Penthalon Moderne (UIPM) announced that in May an obstacle course that would be tested as a potential replacement for the riding discipline after the 2024 Paris Olympics. According to the UIPM, two types of obstacles to sports will be considered and tested.

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“Very excited to hear”

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One of these Ninja Competitions, the sport invented and made popular worldwide by the Ninja Warrior TV show along with its many localized remakes. The first test competition is set to take place in Ankara, Turkey in late June immediately after the UIPM 2022 Pentathalon World Cup Final in the capital city. TBS has reported that the obstacles will include The Wall Flip, Wind Chimes, Tire Swing and Parallel Pipes.

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Olympic Pentathletes and Ninja Warrior champions from around the world will practice from the 27th of June to compete for the first time as Olympic hopefuls, a dream for several, to the 28th of June. “UIPM has undertaken a comprehensive and transparent process to transform Modern Pentathlon into one of the most popular, accessible and exciting sports on the Olympic program,” UIPM President Klaus Schormann.

Taro Muraguchi, the program producer at TBS said, “I am very excited to hear that the program that began in 1997 on TBS has become popular around the world and may now expand its reach even further. I am really looking forward to seeing Ninja Warrior on the Olympic stage as a Modern Penthalon event”.

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