Footage has finally revealed the shocking moment a coach punches a horse at the Olympic Games.
Germany's modern pentathlon coach Kim Raisner grew increasingly irate last week while watching Annika Schleu.
Schleu was comfortably leading in the women's competition, however when it came time for the showjumping event, things took a turn for the worse.
Her horse, Saint Boy, refused to make any jump, leading to the German to score zero points.
She cried as she trie to navigate the rest of the course and Raisner yelled at her to hit the horse to get it in line.
During one moment, the coach was seen punching the horse once on the back leg.
The footage has caused an incredible amount of outrage around the world and Raisner has now been banned from the men's individual competition at the Tokyo Games.
Germany's Olympic team chief Alfons Hoermann said: "We were all in agreement that the coach will not be at the competition on Saturday.
"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 sees athletes swim, fence, ride, shoot and run and it's considered to be one of the hardest sports at the Olympics.
In the showjumping event, competitors aren't able to bring their own horses and are instead meant to pick one at random. They have 20 minutes to warm up with their chosen horse before they take to the field.
The International Union of Modern Pentathlon was horrified by what it saw from Raisner and has issued a statement.
"The events of August 6, 2021 in the Tokyo Stadium have caused distress both inside and outside the global UIPM sports community," the statement said.
"Not only will UIPM conduct a full review of the Riding discipline of the women's Modern Pentathlon at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, it will also reinforce the importance of horse welfare and athlete safety across the entire global competition structure.
"UIPM regrets the trauma suffered by Saint Boy in this high-profile incident and has penalised the coach who violated the UIPM competition rules by striking the horse from outside the ring.
"Although no athlete or horse was physically injured on August 6, the best possible safeguards must be in place to minimise risk in future."
The UIPM rejected calls to change the format that sees athletes only a few minutes to bond with an animal when an Olympic medal is on the line.
The sporting body said 'the ability to control a horse in a competitive situation is part of the pentathlon toolkit'.
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