Irish Army Banned From Playing Soccer & Volleyball In Chad Because The Ground Is Too Hard
The Irish Army is not exactly a feared military force, and it’s no wonder why: Their troops are being coddled.
Irish troops currently serving in Chad have been banned from playing soccer and volleyball. The reason? High-ranking officers have decided that the ground is too hard.
The soccer/volleyball ban was announced by Defence Minister Willie O’Dea, who said:
It was the commander’s assessment that the risk of hospitalisation or permanent repatriation of personnel due to sports injuries was not acceptable to him as all personnel are required for operational deployments on immediate notice.
The reality in Chad is that the ground is extremely hard. Some of the sports are played out on open ground and when people fall, it tends to have a much greater impact on their bodies than falling in a field in Ireland, where the ground is not nearly as hard. As far as I am aware, one soldier suffered a serious injury as a result of engaging in sport.
So let’s get this straight: personnel in the Irish Army are expected to be combat-ready in Chad, but they aren’t allowed to have some fun while there for fear of being hurt on the hard ground? If they do face an opponent on the battlefield, will the opposition have to use Nerf bombs and paper airplanes so the Irish don’t get hurt?
Ireland bans football for troops in Africa [AFP]
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