Written By: Aqeel Malik

Sports have always been the hallmark of Pakistan Armed Forces besides high standard of professionalism in their respective fields. The apex performance of men/women in uniform in various sports activities, both inland and abroad, have always been applauded and acknowledged.

 

theacmeofskils.jpgCISM (Conseil International Du Sport Militaire) is an international sports association, established in February 1948 in France to promote sports activities and physical education between armed forces as a means to foster world peace. Pakistan, Argentina, Egypt, USA, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria were a few of its initial members in early fifties. At the moment CISM comprises 135 member nations. CISM organizes over twenty World Military Championships annually. It also holds Military World Games every four years with approximately 6000 participants including Olympic medalists and World Champions.


Pakistan was the first Asian country which organized the CISM Annual General Assembly Congress at Lahore in 1959. Pakistan has the honor to organize four world military sports events including hockey, sea sports, golf and sailing championships since then. Pakistan Armed Forces have won four gold, one silver and five bronze medals in CISM individual as well as team sports events from 2005 to 2015 including golf, boxing, taekwondo, cricket and wrestling. In 2016 alone Pakistan Armed Forces won two silver medals in CISM Golf and Sailing Championships held at Netherlands and Pakistan respectively.


Besides team sports events individual officers of Pakistan Armed Forces have also been conferred with distinct honors and awards by CISM. Commodore Zafar Mehmood of Pakistan Navy was appointed CISM President for Golf from 2008 to 2012. CISM awards of merit “Grand Knight” have been conferred on Colonel Muhammad Asif Zaman of Pakistan Army and Captain Ansar Mahmood from Pakistan Navy in 2013 and 2016. Pakistan Armed Forces hence remain the flag bearer of the CISM axiom “Friendship through Sports”.


(Aqeel Malik)

 
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