A German coach has been kicked out of the Olympics after a video emerged of her appearing to punch a horse that was hard to control.
Pentathlon coach, Kim Raisner, was caught on camera leaning over a fence to punch a horse in the side during the women’s modern pentathlon competition earlier this week.
German athlete Annika Schleu had been struggling to control the horse, Saint Boy, ahead of her show on Friday.
Footage showed the horse, which was clearly distressed, failing to jump the fences, costing the athlete to lose her chance at the Gold medal.
During the pentathlon competition, riders are given 20 minutes to get used to unfamiliar horse before the round begins.
Schleu was seen on television cameras crying as she came into the ring.
The International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) reviewed footage which showed Raisner appearing to strike the horse with her fist. They then released a statement, announcing their decision to have her removed from the Olympics.
Take a look at the footage below:
The statement reads:
Raisner’s suspension means that the coach, who is a former pentathalete who competed in the 2004 Olympics, will not be allowed to work at the Olympics until it comes to an end on Sunday.
There has been a wealth of controversy and debate over the past few weeks at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Perhaps most notably the debate surrounding transgender weightlifter, Laurel Hubbard, who was allowed to compete as a woman despite outcry and petitions to stop her.
Ultimately, Hubbard didn’t last too long in the Olympics and was knocked out pretty quickly…