Navy- organized CISM Day Run – 2020 held on successful note

The International Military Sport Council (CISM) Day Run was flagged off at the Galle Face Green Colombo today (18th February 2020).

Defence Secretary, Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, Acting Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva, Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sumangala Dias, and a large number of tri-service personnel including a group of wheel-chair ridden war heroes took part in this annual CISM Day Run event organized by the Sri Lanka Navy.

The ultimate goal of the CISM run is to contribute to world peace by uniting the armed forces through sports, in keeping with its motto, 'Friendship through Sports'. The event kicked off at the Colombo lighthouse premises and reached its half way mark at the Galle Face Hotel roundabout before returning to the point where it commenced. On completion of the run, the participants were presented certificates in recognition of their attendance in this event.

The International Military Sports Council (CISM) is one of the largest multidisciplinary organizations in the world established on 18th February 1948. Currently, armed force personnel of 139 countries have become members of the CISM and Sri Lanka has been a member of this organization since 1996. Apart from the CISM Day Run, the CISM World Summer Games and the CISM World Winter Games are also organised every four years with the attendance of military athletes form member countries.