Joan Collins
TODAY at 1.30pm the parachute regiment of the Spanish Army, in collaboration with 801 Squadron from the Air Force Rescue Service, will make a parachute jump over the Son Moix stadium, according to the national Ministry of Defence yesterday. This jump forms part of the Balearic General Command's wider participation in the 6th Sports Fair, organised by Palma council and open from 10am to 2pm and again from 5 to 9pm, and complements the stand and other activities organised to present the different military and civil sports which are practised by the Balearic Army units. The presence of the Balearic General Command at the 6th Sports Fair is to make people aware of the amount of sporting activities there are in the Army, all of which encourage the development of sporting spirit and teamwork. On the stand, staffed by military personnel, the various equipment and materials which are used for the sports practised by the Army can be tried: Hunting, Shooting, Judo, the Military Pentathlon, SCUBA Diving, Aeromodelling, Fencing, and Cross Country Running among others. So that the people present can actively participate in these sports various areas have been set aside: an area for the pentathlon, a circuit for running, footbridges, and a shooting range. There are also activities for the entertainment of the very young, with competitions. On Sunday May 28 (tomorrow) at 1.30pm it is expected that there will be a second parachute jump over Son Moix.
Since its inauguration in 2001, the Sports Fair has grown year by year thanks to the support of the public and of the institutions, participating companies and sponsors. The number of people who visit the fair has grown from 20'000 in its early years to more than 50'000 last year. The main objective of the Fair is to offer to everyone, especially the young and all the family, diversion and entertainment while promoting the health advantages of the practice of sports, games and physical exercise in general. During the last five editions of the Sports Fair various sporting personalities have taken part, acting as masters of ceremony at the inauguration each year. Among these have been the NBA basketball player Pau Gasol, the multiple winner of the Tour de France Miguel Indurain, and the ex footballers Michel, Chichi Soler and Gabriel Vida. These last few years the activity programme has also grown into what it is today, and now includes exhibitions and gymnastic tournaments, dances of the world, canoeing, water polo, fencing, ballooning, horse riding, SCUBA diving, trampolining, and the traditional tournaments of football, basketball 3x3, cycling and, as a climax, two matches played by the spectacular Harlem Globetrotters.

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