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Burpee challenge in Iraq – overperformed!

Text: Lieutenant Ferenc Radóczi | Photo: by the author |  18:58 April 20, 2023

On 15 April, the soldiers serving with the 16th rotation of the HDF Iraqi Training Support Contingent (HTSC-16) set themselves the goal of doing 16,000 burpees together with the personnel of the Italian contingent.


The no more than 37 venturesome soldiers from the Hungarian and the Italian contingents achieved the goal they set themselves by overperforming the challenge (17,029 burpees) in less than three and a half hours. The one with outstanding results were Staff Sergeant László Tóth (1520), Contingent Commander Lieutenant Colonel Attila Hadi (1500), Lieutenant Ferenc Radóczi, the organizer of the sporting event (1400), and Sergeant Potenza Ezio (1000) from the personnel of the Italian contingent. From among the ladies, Sergeant Fruzsina Kovács completed 1000 repetitions with noticeable fighting spirit.

In addition to their professionalism and dedication that they had already demonstrated earlier, the participants of the sporting event – which has significantly contributed to deepening the relationships among the soldiers of the nations serving with the mission – showed an excellent example of physical endurance and fighting spirit as well.