From the Niagara Falls Review:
As Romania’s Doru Hamza stepped off the Via Rail train in Niagara Falls Wednesday, it felt like “fate” he was here.
Before he was an athlete with the Invictus Games, he was a sergeant with his country’s 300th Infantry Battalion. In 2008, while patrolling the Qalet-Kandahar highway in Afghanistan, his vehicle crossed over an improvised explosive device. His injuries required surgery, performed by a Canadian doctor.
“He treated me very well,” he said. “I’m grateful to him and the entire medical staff from Canada.”
Hamza is now one of 550 competitors from 17 nations taking part in the third annual Invictus Games…
Shortly after arrival, athletes boarded WEGO buses for Table Rock. For many, it was their first glimpse of Niagara Falls up close.