By Dialogo June 14, 2012 Did they comply with everything that they promised? Did they give you all the benefits that they promised if they win? Or why some left the force? For the fifth time in the history of Fuerzas Comando, Colombia has scooped the title of Champion of the Military Anti-Terrorist Olympiad, the most important Special Forces sporting event in the Western Hemisphere. Ecuador and Uruguay took second and third place, respectively, followed by El Salvador and Guatemala. Only a few hours after the victory was announced, the winning team was decorated by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who on June 13 arrived at the Military Fort of Tolemaida to take part in the activation ceremony of three new mobile brigades and four Army batallions. Joined by Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón, the president took advantage of the opportunity to address the seven Colombian commandos who raised their country’s honor during the 10th edition of Fuerzas Comando. “We have the best Armed Forces in the continent (…) nothing compares to our men’s training, men who have additionally been wrought in combat, because we are the only country to continue at war in the whole of the continent,” he said. For their part, the winning team members dedicated their victory to the Colombian people and stated that their source of strength during the hardest moments of the competition was the “eighth” team member. “He trained to be with us at this event, but unfortunately died during a Military exercise on March 5,” explained Sergeant Major Aquiles, who for security reasons changed his name. That same day, the Military Fort was the stage for the so-called “Friendship Jump” in which some 400 Military and Special Forces members from 21 countries in the Americas jumped from an altitude of 12,000 feet with parachutes. Among the paratroopers was General Alejandro Navas, commander of the Joint Staff of the Colombian Armed Forces, who parachuted from a Colombian Air Force plane with commandos from his country as well as from the Dominican Republic, Canada, Guatemala and Mexico. The event began before sunrise and counted on the presence of Ambassador Carmen Martínez, Civilian Deputy to the Commander & Foreign Policy Advisor at the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). During her visit, Martínez expressed her admiration for the participants’ tenacity. “I am impressed with the interaction between the teams, the way in which they help each other out. This is a symbol of what we can do among our countries. People who help each other out, countries who help each other out,” she expressed. Ambassador Martínez also praised the great job done by the event’s Colombian organizers and highlighted the collaboration that these events foster. “Our continent is like a big neighborhood, and if we want to live in a good neighborhood we have to be good neighbors, help each other out. What happens in one country affects the rest, and we can’t remain isolated,” she insisted. Sponsored by SOUTHCOM, since its inception in 2004, Fuerzas Comando aims to strengthen the relationships between the members of the Armed Forces of the Americas, as well as to share skills, techniques and tactics in the fight against terrorism. Chile, which took the 10th place in this year’s event, will host the 10th edition of the competition in 2013.
RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Kubrat Pulev has insisted that he will not step away from his shot at the world heavyweight belts and warned Anthony Joshua: “You either fight or vacate the title.”The Bulgarian is mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF title, but their planned bout on June 20 was postponed. It led to talk of Pulev being paid to step aside so Joshua could face Tyson Fury for all four heavyweight belts.“I can’t understand why we are still postponing instead of fixing a date and venue and getting to work?” said Pulev.“Enough is enough. I can’t wait to win this fight.“I see how people are afraid of me and are trying to face someone else before me. That’s not how a real world champion should act.”Pulev was due to face Briton Joshua in 2017 but withdrew because of injury and was also in mandatory position when Joshua lost to Andy Ruiz Jr in June 2019. Joshua holds the IBF, WBA and WBO belts and has talked of his desire to face WBC champion Fury, who is due to face Deontay Wilder for a third time when boxing returns following its shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. It would appear the two British heavyweights will need to wait and win their respective fights with neither Wilder nor Pulev appearing likely to accept “step-aside” money.“I did it once when I didn’t have to do it for Joshua to have his second match against Ruiz Jr. Everything was against IBF’s rules, but I compromised,” said Pulev.“A year has passed and they always have a reason to postpone, not to fight against me. There are two options. You either fight or vacate the title.”When and where a contest between Joshua and Pulev can take place is unknown because of the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus outbreak.Pulev’s manager has said venues – including a Roman amphitheatre in Croatia – were being discussed. Pulev, one of Bulgaria’s most popular sportsmen, suffered his only career defeat when he challenged for the IBF heavyweight title in 2014, losing to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg on a fifth-round knockout.His record stands at 28 wins from 29 bouts, while Joshua has 23 wins from 24.Tags: Anthony JoshuaBOXINGCOVID-19Kubrat PulevTyson Fury
MUMBAI: Prolific India batsman Virat Kohli has been quite vocal about reminiscing the day when Team India, under the leadership of M.S. Dhoni, lifted the 2011 World Cup beating Sri Lanka in the summit clash on April 2. The win had ended India’s 28-year-old wait for the coveted trophy.In addition to that glorious moment at the Wankhede, Kohli also has another match that he will always remember — the 2016 World T20 quarter-final game against Australia in Mohali played on March 27 — where his unbeaten 82 helped the Men in Blue snatch a thrilling six-wicket win with five balls to spare and enter the semi-finals of the tournament. “Apart from the 2011 finals, my other favourite match from the atmosphere and importance of the game point of view, would be the 2016 T20 quarter-finals against Australia in Mohali,” Kohli said while speaking on Star Sports ‘Cricket Connected’ show. However, India had to face a crushing seven-wicket defeat at the hands of West Indies in the semi-final. The cricketing activities at the moment remain suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has wreaked havoc across the world. Kohli, the current India skipper, has admitted the “magical” atmosphere will be missing if the cricket season currently stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic resumes in empty stadiums. “It’s quite a possible situation, it might happen, I honestly don’t know how everyone is going to take that because we all are used to playing in front of so many passionate fans,” Kohli said. “Things will still go on, but I doubt that one will feel that magic happening inside because of the atmosphere that was created.” IANS Also Read: None more unbeatable than Novak Djokovic at his best: Todd Martin
Black Stars midfielder, Thomas Partey, seems to be enjoying his much needed break as he has been recorded jamming to Stonebwoy’s hit song “Putuu”.Partey who is a big fan of the Afro-dancehall artiste has once again shown love to the singer in the viral video on social media.The two both grew up in Ashaiman, a suburb in Ghana and are actual friends.Thomas Partey had a disappointing end to his incredible season as he sat on the bench while his club side, Atletico Madrid got knocked out of the UEFA Champions League at the quarter final stage by RB Leipzig.The 27-year-old is reportedly wanted by English Premier League side, Arsenal and the Gunners are seemingly confident of acquiring his services for the 2020/2021 season.The central midfielder has a release clause of £45m with Arsenal hoping to pay by the end of the transfer window.Watch the video here: