The Scribe of the International Military Sports Council (CIMS), Colonel Dorah Mamby Koita, of Guinea, has said his visit to Sierra Leone was very important as Sierra Leone has been part of CIMS since 1977 but not too active during past years.
He said he cannot understand the reason for that it was on this grounds he has decided to visit the country to see how Sierra Leone can become more active.
He described the visit as a success because he was able to meet the necessary authorities like the Chief of Defence staff (CDS), Deputy Minister of Defence, NOC, Ministry of Sports and the Chairman of Mercury Charitable Foundation.
The CISM annually organises over 20 Military World Championships for different sports in which all member nations can take part. “We also organize continental and regional competitions and every four years the Military World Games and most recently Winter Games. These are multisport events organized by CISM in conjunction with CISM member nations,” he said.
The 1st Military World Games were held in 1995 in Rome. 93 nations competed in 17 different sporting events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the end of the 2nd World War.
Four years later about 7000 participants from 82 countries met in Zagreb, Croatia to contribute to the great success of the 2nd World Military Games.
The 3rd edition was held in Catania, Italy from the 4th to the 11th of December 2003. Participants from 84 different nations competed in 18 sports.
The 4th CISM Military World Games were held in Hyderabad, India from October 14th till 21st, 2007. A record number of 101 participating countries celebrated world peace and showed the remarkable spirit of friendship and solidarity that unites all CISM member countries. The 5th edition was held in July 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The next edition will take place in Mungyeong, Korea.
The 1st edition of the CISM Winter World Games was held in 2010 in Italy, in Aosta Valley Region, where 43 different countries and more than 800 athletes have competed at the highest level in winter sports. The 2nd CISM World Winter Games will be held this year in Annecy, France.
By Bernard Turay
Monday January 09, 2017