By Li Dayong, Yang Qingmin
MOSCOW, July 24 (ChinaMil) – The Chinese PLA Army’s participants in the “True Friend - International Army Games (IAG) 2018” underwent adaptive training in Dmitrov, Moscow Oblast, Russia on Sunday.
“After arriving at the Military Dogs Training Centre, we conducted 4-km cross-country race training and 300-meter obstacle race training,” said Chen Changlin, head of the PLA Army’s participating team in “True Friend” competition in Russia and director of the Beijing Military Dogs Breeding and Training Base. “This morning, Russian organiser arranged the heads of participating teams from China, Belarus, Iran, Egypt, Algeria and Uzbekistan to draw lots for weaponry distribution.”
It is the second time for Sergeant First Class Yang Yuhai and his “true friend” Allen, a Belgian shepherd dog that has served for nearly 5 years, to participate in the IAG. In 2016, he and Allen won the first place in the guard duty contest.
Sergeant Zhang Chaofan, for whom it is also the second time to take part in the IAG in Russia, said it was very important to achieve good results in the international competition, and what was more important was to learn from other participants through competing and exchanging views with them. “We will maintain a good attitude and exhibit our real ability in the competition,” he added.
From July 31 to August 5, the participants and their dogs will participate in the individual dog race and dog relay race, guard duty, 300-meter obstacle course, and other events in Dmitrov.