A Group of 19 Countries Will Participate in Military Competitions in El Salvador
By Dialogo June 15, 2011
Nineteen countries from the Americas will participate in the “Commando Forces 2011” military competitions, which will be held in El Salvador beginning on 15 July, a Salvadoran officer announced.
“We begin the competition on July 15; we’ll have nineteen countries participating and five as observers,” declared Col. Eduardo Figueroa, from the Salvadoran Army’s communications office.
“There are 138 competitors, representing nineteen countries, who are arriving on Cuscatlán soil eager to become winners at these Olympiads for regional elite forces,” the Defense Ministry announced.
The competition includes physical challenges with rifle and pistol, nighttime assault shooting, angle shooting, distance shooting, an obstacle course, a seventeen-kilometer forced match with thirty pounds weight, and parachuting, among other activities.
The competitors are coming from the Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, and Uruguay.
Antigua, Haiti, Guyana, Canada, and Mexico are attending as observers.
The first competition was held in 2004, when El Salvador won the championship.