Wounded warriors chosen for Afghanistan's Invictus Games 2017 team

Seven of these veterans will represent Afghanistan in indoor rowing, powerlifting and/or sitting volleyball.
13 May 2017
KABUL, Afghanistan (May 13, 2017) — With unbreakable spirits on full display, 51 wounded Afghan warriors participated in the final team selection trials here for the Invictus Games Toronto 2017.

Seven of these veterans will represent Afghanistan in indoor rowing, powerlifting and/or sitting volleyball.

General John Nicholson, Resolute Support commander, praised the competitors by addressing them as undefeated and emphasizing their resilience in the face of terrorist aggression.

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"You have been tested and you prevailed, right alongside your comrades, your brothers. In particular, the Afghan Army has excelled over the last few years, fighting in a war that would break most armies; yet, it continues to spring up with a warrior spirit; fighting for what is right and just,” Nicholson said.

Chosen via a merit-based selection process, the team of seven will train, travel and compete together, representing the unconquerable spirit of Afghanistan through the rehabilitative power of sports.

The Invictus Games were created in 2013 by Prince Harry as a way to recognize Wounded Warriors for their achievements in the defense of their country.

 

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