Sri Lanka’s first joint tri-service marathon run, organized under the aegis of Brussels-based International Military Sports Council (Conseil International du Sport Militaire), more widely known as ‘CISM Day Run,’ kicked off early this morning (19) at Colombo Independence Square, with the participation of 300 tri-service personnel, headed by respective tri service Commanders.
One hundred personnel from each service, Army, Navy and Air Force, including 32 military sports women from each wing, led by respective tri-service Commanders, took part in this inaugural ‘CISM Day Run’ marathon that covered a distance of about 4 km in Colombo 7 area. The event adds a special significance and symbolizes the international recognition of sport capabilities of the Armed Forces in Sri Lanka.
All the runners on completion of the 4 km run entered three earmarked separate lanes to receive medals from veterans in the marathon field before certificates were awarded to them by tri service Commanders calling them afterwards to the special stage. Renowned athletes of the country and tri services greeted the runners after their successful completion of the inaugural marathon.
CISM with its motto, “Friendship through Sport” as one of world’s largest multidisciplinary organizations, dedicated to promote world peace by uniting armed forces through sport, organizes diverse sporting events of this nature for the armed forces of 133 member countries world-wide annually.
This is the first time the Army, as the pioneering major organizer for the arrangement, organizes the annual ‘CISM Day Run’ event in Sri Lanka with the support of sister services and the Defence Services Sports Board, chaired currently by Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya.
Both CISM President and Secretary General in Belgium have sent their greetings to Sri Lanka’s maiden ‘CISM Day Run’ in Colombo, coordinated by the Army Sports Board.
In the year 2010, a 70-member group of tri-service sportsmen and women from Sri Lanka took part in the 5th Military World Games, organized by CISM in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil showcasing and sharing the remarkable spirit of friendship and solidarity for sports.
The CISM annually organizes over 20 Military World Championships for different sports in which all member nations can contribute. To its credit, the CISM holds the most-reputed World Military Games every 4 years, in cooperation with Para Olympic organizations and other international sport organizations. CISM attracts more than one hundred countries as participants in World Military Games, for which the Defence Services personnel from Sri Lanka too had contributed during the last couple of years.