Home PageNewsFebruary 2024 - 02/2024CISM Board of Directors holds inaugural meeting of 2024 at CISM Headquarters in Brussels

CISM Board of Directors holds inaugural meeting of 2024 at CISM Headquarters in Brussels


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BRUSSELS (BEL) - The International Military Sports Council convened its first Board of Directors meeting of the year at its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on February 19, 2024. This meeting, presided over by CISM President Colonel Nilton Rolim and CISM Secretary General Navy Captain Roberto Recchia, marked a significant milestone following the organization's 76th anniversary celebrated just a day prior, commemorating its establishment on February 18, 1948.


The session commenced with a warm welcome from Colonel Nilton Rolim, followed by roll call and the approval of the agenda, which outlined key discussions and working arrangements for the day. The board reviewed and followed up on decisions made during the previous meeting, setting the stage for productive deliberations.


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The agenda featured reports from various CISM authorities, including President Rolim's communication and Secretary-General Recchia's comprehensive report. Continental reports from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe were also presented, highlighting ongoing activities and initiatives within each region.


Particular attention was given to reports from CISM commissions, covering a wide range of areas such as regulations, strategy, solidarity, sports, finance, budget, sports science, and women in CISM. These reports provided valuable insights into the progress and future plans of each commission, reflecting CISM's commitment to excellence in military sports and solidarity among member nations.


Additionally, the meeting included discussions on academic endeavours, financial reports, and sports-related matters, including the presentation of sports calendars, development plans, and recognition programs for athletes and coaches.


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Following the day's proceedings, an official photo session was held, capturing the collective spirit and dedication of the CISM leadership in advancing the organization's mission.


In the evening, the official opening of the CISM Headquarters on Rue Maurice Liétart was celebrated in the presence of esteemed guests, including Belgian Vice-Chief of Defense Lieutenant General Frederik Vansina and Secretary-General of the Brazilian Ministry of Defense Mr. Luiz Henrique Pochyly da Costa, along with civilian and military dignitaries from CISM member nations.


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During the ceremony, President Rolim underscored the organization's rich history and its role in fostering camaraderie and understanding among military personnel through sports. He emphasized CISM's commitment to peace, solidarity, and fair play, echoing the sentiments of its founders who envisioned a world united through athletic competition: "Today, as we inaugurate this new chapter in Brussels, we pay tribute to the legacy of those visionaries who laid the foundation for our organization. CISM has become a symbol of unity and diversity, bringing together military athletes from diverse backgrounds and cultures. As we embark on this next phase, let us renew our commitment to the ideals of peace, solidarity, and fair play that have defined CISM since its inception."


Secretary-General Recchia expressed gratitude to the member nations for their support and highlighted the diverse mosaic of cultures and traditions that enrich CISM's global community: “Behind me, you can see the flags representing all CISM nations, which form the backbone of our organization and remind us that CISM is a mosaic of cultures, traditions, and military sport excellence. Allow me, in particular, to thank the Member Nations providing civilian and military staff to the CISM secretariat, namely Belgium, Brazil, Greece, Iran, Nigeria, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, The Netherlands, and of course Italy, which has appointed me to this prestigious role. The support provided with highly experienced, qualified and faithfully committed personnel is the main added value that gives CISM the possibility to confidently look ahead. Thank you very much.”


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The first day of the BoD Meeting and the evening ceremony symbolized not only the continuation of CISM's legacy but also its unwavering dedication to promoting friendship, cooperation, and excellence in military sports on the world stage. As the organization embarks on a new chapter in Brussels, it reaffirms its commitment to building bridges and inspiring athletes from all backgrounds to strive for excellence in the spirit of camaraderie and fair play.


(Source: CISM Media & Communication Department)