Obtaining the only available slot for the 2016 London Paralympics is the objective of the 12 disabled National Army officers, non-commissioned officers, and enlisted personnel who make up the Colombian sitting volleyball team.
Staff Sergeant Edgar Fernando Sandoval, who was wounded by an anti-personnel mine in La Macarena, Meta, in November 2010, leads the group of athletes who traveled to Egypt on February 27, to compete against the world’s 15 best teams in an intercontinental sitting volleyball tournament.
“Thank you to the service, because it’s given us the opportunity to be able to show another side of our lives and represent the country through sports, as we were doing in uniform on the battlefield, and now in an athletic contest,” said Staff Sgt. Sandoval, captain of the national team.
For her part, Deputy Minister for the Defense and Welfare Social and Business Group Yaneth Giha, who arranged for the resources needed to send the Colombian representatives to the international competition, highlighted the effort and dedication of these national heroes, wounded in combat.
“This is part of their process of recovery and moving forward, proving themselves that they have the courage to continue and be an example for all their comrades who are in rehabilitation, and that this is one way to do it,” Giha stated.
The deputy minister, accompanied by the defense minister’s wife, María del Pilar Lozano, and the director of the Military Logistics Agency, the official sponsor, bid farewell to the team, which has been training for this intercontinental tournament for two years, in the Health Battalion.