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1st CISM Military World Summer Games - Rome (ITA) 1995



  • 50 years anniversary of the end of the Second World War and of the signing of the Charter of the United Nations
  • gathering of 93 Armed Forces on the Sports fields to celebrate peace



The MWG in numbers

  • 4017 athletes
  • 93 nations
  • 17 disciplines
  • 2600 mobilized people
  • 1100 vehicles
  • 500.000 spectators
  • 15 different locations : Rome and its surroundings
  • Big turn-out of spectators at various locations, i.e. cycling : 200.000 spectators




Track and Field, Basket-ball, Boxing, Cycling, Fencing, Horsemanship, Football/Soccer, Judo, Wrestling, Swimming (water-polo, diving, lifesaving), Parachuting, Modern Pentathlon, Military Pentathlon, Naval Pentathlon, Shooting, Triathlon, Volley-ball



High level protocol

  • Audience of all the participants with HH pope Jean-Paul II



Presence of VIP ‘s

  • Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, President of the Italian Republic
  • Lamberto Dini, Italian Prime Minister
  • Francesco Rutelli, Maire of Rome
  • Juan Antonio Samaranch, President of the IOC
  • Primo Nebiolo, President of the FISU and the IAAF
  • The Prince Alexandre de Merode, vice-President of the IOC
  • Mario Pescante, President of CONI



Opening Ceremony

  • 30.000 spectators in the Olympic Stadium of Rome
  • Ceremony lasted 3 and _ hours
  • Life broadcasting on RAI 3
  • Cultural programme : folklore, opera ( Boccelli), dances, songs,…



Very high sport level

  • Presence of Numerous Olympic, world and continental champions in all the sports
  • Many new CISM records established during the Games
  • Best athlete of the Games : Denis Pankratov
  • List of some of the best known athletes present in Rome : P. Tergat (KEN), J. Keter (KEN), J. Galfione (FRA), C. Gatsioudis (GRE), M. Didoni (ITA), T. Motkova (RUS), S. Lagat (KEN)A. Bagach (UKR), R. Korzeniowski (POL), , Karasev (RUS), Koudelin (RUS), Vl. Et Vi Klichko (RUS), V. Sidorenko (UKR), S. Ivanov (RUS), S. Cuomo (ITA), S. Podzniakov (RUS), P. Kolobkov (RUS), F. Bortolozzi (ITA), M. Weber (GER), V. Chimirri (ITA), M. Del Vecchio, A. Del Piero et M. Amoruso (ITA), V. Dhorasoo (FRA), R. Kubacki (POL)A. Pirim (TUR), A. Nazarian (ARM), V. Orujev (RUS), V. Bogiev (RUS), V. Selkov, A. Korneev, R. Ivanovski, D. Pankratov et N. Zhivanevskya (RUS), J. Sievinen et A. Kasvio (FIN), S. Batistelli (ITA), S. Perrot (FRA), G. Tiberti (ITA), S. Poliakov (RUS), G. Bossi (AUT), R. Mauer (POL), G. Dubis (USA), T. Hellriegel (GER), D. Gaag (RUS), A. Fomin et A. Smirnov (RUS), C. Stearns (USA), C. Sterbik et F. Bernachot (FRA) and so many more…




  • Armed Forces : lodging, organisations of different competitions, transport (athletes, officials, VIP’s), security, food and dining facilities, organising committee
  • Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) : existing sport and administrative structures, financing, 4 persons specialised in organising international meetings
  • National Sports Federations : technical assistance (judges, officials), organisation staff




  • Chartering of Solidarity flights thanks to South Africa, Algeria and France
  • Financial aid for certain athletes       




  • Press center at the stadium “Foro Italico” (used during the world championships swimming 1994)
  • 20 hours and 25 min TV broadcasting (16h10 live and 4h15 recorded)
  • 8.506.000 viewers recorded
  • 753 people accredited at the press center (453 journalists, 179 photographers and 121 camera crew)
  • International press
  • Preparatory national and international press conferences




  • Sponsors : Coca-Cola, Fiat, Iveco, Arena, IF Ferrovie, Telecom Italia
  • Two VIP villages : Piazza di Siena, Palazzetto EUR
  • Merchandising and by-products




Juan Antonio Samaranch (President of the IOC)   “I am here to underline the major importance of the military sport within the world of sport”


Pope Jean-Paul II “We are glad to realize that your sport event stands for a new way of communication between the Armed Forces of the world. It is a new philosophy which encourages a real peace process.”