Pakistan Navy under auspices of Joint Services Headquarters organized 49th CISM World Military Sailing Championship 2016 from October 28 to November 1, 2016 at Marina Club, Karachi. Teams from nine countries including Bahrain, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Russia and Ukraine contested in this prestigious sailing championship whereas Palestine participated as observer only. During the Championship J-80 class boats were used in match racing format. Conseil International du Sport Militaries or International Military Sports Council (CISM) was established on February 18, 1948 which is one of the largest multi-disciplinary organizations in the world. It organizes various sports events for armed forces of member countries with the ultimate goal to contribute to world peace by uniting armed forces for the sports.
Opening ceremony of 49th CISM World Military Sailing Championship 2016 was held on October 28, 2016 at Defence Authority Marina Club, Karachi. Commander Pakistan Fleet, Vice Admiral Syed Arifullah Hussaini graced the occasion as Chief Guest. While speaking on the occasion, Vice Admiral Syed Arifullah Hussaini said that the event will not only promote “friendship through sport”, but will also bring world militaries together to further enhance cordial relationship.
First Round Robin of 49th CISM World sailing comprised of total 36 matches. Top four teams qualified for further competitions out of 9 teams; team Norway led the group with Russia, Ukraine and Pakistan at second, third and fourth respectively on tie breaker. On third day of championship first final between Pakistan and Norway was played in which Pakistan defeated Norway by 3-0 and qualified for the final. In the second semifinal, Russia defeated Ukraine by 3-1. Final of the Championship was played between Pakistan and Russia. Russian sailing team with remarkable performance throughout the championship clinched first position winning the gold medal while Pakistan secured 2nd position. Both the nations were tied 1-1 after two races of the final, however, the Russians sailed to victory in the remaining two races to land the gold. Host Pakistan Navy’s team earned consolation by grabbing the silver, their first finish on the victory podium in the CISM sailing history. The Fair Play Trophy of the Championship was awarded to Ukraine, whereas Qatar, Poland, Finland, Bahrain and the Netherlands finished fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth respectively on the table.
49th CISM Sailing Championship 2016 concluded on November 1, 2016 with an impressive closing ceremony held at Defence Authority Marina Club, Karachi. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, who is himself a veteran sailor and two-time former Asian Games gold medalist in Enterprise class, was the chief guest on the occasion and awarded medals to the winning teams. While speaking on the occasion, the Naval Chief said that ‘sailing is a highly skillful and professional sport which is quite popular in the Armed Forces.’ He commended spirit of fair play, friendship and camaraderie displayed by the participating sailing teams during the Championship. He congratulated the winners and all the participating countries for displaying exemplary skills and dexterity during the matches. The Naval Chief also paid special gratitude to president CISM for his concerted efforts for promotion of sailing.
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