Peruvian Armed Forces Hold 2011 Military Sports Games
By Dialogo November 10, 2011
With the aim of increasing cohesion, promoting healthy competition, and building closer ties of camaraderie among the members of the Peruvian Armed Forces, President Ollanta Humala inaugurated the military sports games for 2011.
The ceremony, held at José Díaz National Stadium, was attended by Army General Luis Ricardo Howell Ballena, chief of the Armed Forces Joint Command; Lieutenant General Víctor Manuel Ripalda Ganoza, chief of the Army; General Pedro Seabra Pinedo, chief of the Peruvian Air Force; and Vice Admiral José Cueto Aservi, head of the Navy General Staff.
The opening ceremony began with the national anthem, followed by a minute of silence for the military personnel killed in action in the fight against the plague of drug trafficking and terrorism in the area of the Apurimac and Ene River Valley (VRAE).
The participating athletes were sworn in by a Peruvian Air Force third-year cadet, Jacqueline Guerrero, who won the 5,000-meter race at the world championship in Turkey in 2010.
The opening speech was given by the president of the Military Sports Foundation of Peru, Rear Admiral José Paredes Lora, who noted that military sports games seek to strengthen the role of sports as healthy recreational competition and to promote comradeship among the members of the Armed Forces.
Finally, President Ollanta Humala declared the event open with an exhortation to the participants: “May these sports competitions be cleanly fought, and may discipline, comradeship, and each team’s edge carry the day,” he said.