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Members of the 26th Slovenian UNIFIL contingent organise military patrol race

On Friday, 11 October, members of the 26th Slovenian UNIFIL Contingent organized a sectoral military patrol race – Shama Challenge. The aim of the competition was to organise a socialising opportunity for members of the UNIFIL forces and to learn about the customs and habits of colleagues from all over the world.

The race opened with a ceremony where participants were addressed by Brigadier General Bruno Pisciotta, UNIFIL Sector West Commander. The fifteen teams included participants from Armenia, China, Ghana, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Tanzania and Slovenia.

Each team was composed of four members competing in a 1,600-meter patrol run with full combat gear, the endurance test, carrying of a wounded person, map reading, rolling a tire; pushing a 4x4 Linch armoured vehicle and identifying the flags of the participating UNIFIL forces.

At the closing ceremony, trophies and medals were bestowed on the best teams by Deputy Commander UNIFIL West Force, Colonel Ian Byrne, who expressed his appreciation to members of the Slovenian contingent for the excellent organization of the competition. The competition was won by a team of Chinese combat engineers, followed by a team from South Korea in the second place, and another team from China in the third place.

Photos and text: Members of the 26th Slovenian UNIFIL Contingent