The UIPM was pleased with the success of its second Para test event ©UIPM

The second modern pentathlon test event for Para athletes in Cairo has advanced the case of the sport for potential Paralympic inclusion, it is claimed.

The International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) held the event in Egypt's capital at the same time as their World Cup opener, and the governing body's President Dr Klaus Schormann was left impressed.

"The Para-Pentathlon competition is very important for us and today we made another big step after the first event in Argentina," he said.

"I am so thankful to my UIPM staff and the organisers of this event for what they have achieved with this group.

"Looking at the faces of the parents and the competitors, I think they were very happy and proud and I think we are going about this the right way."

Modern pentathlon could one day make the Paralympic programme
Modern pentathlon could one day make the Paralympic programme ©Getty Images

The event also doubled as Egypt's first national Para competition and followed the first test event held in Buenos Aires in September.

The UIPM was recognised by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) as an International Federation in July 2014 and could be considered for a future Games.

"We are very happy to be the second nation to host a Para-pentathlon test event," said Sherif El-Erian, President of the Egyptian Modern Pentathlon Federation.

"We formed the team straight after the first test in Argentina in September last year.

"Our national team consists of ten girls and four boys and we are working to prepare more disabled athletes in Egypt to participate in Para-pentathlon.

"I am very happy that we could host together with the World Cup the first ever national competition of Para-pentathlon."

The winners and other medalists were awarded their prizes at the official World Cup awards ceremony.