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CISM (Conseil International du Sport Militaire) was founded February 18, 1948 by Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Denmark and France in Nice, France. Greece became member on March 8, 1950.

The International Military Sports Council (CISM) is one of the largest multidisciplinary organizations in the world. With a Motto of Friendship Through Sport, CISM, with its 122 member nations, uses the playing field to unite the armed forces of countries that may have previously confronted each other because of political and ideological differences.

By doing so, and as outlined by its philosophy and the ideals stated in its mission statement signed by all countries in 1998, CISM is contributing to building world peace.

Sports and its solidarity constitute the two pillars of the organization upon which are based the numerous world and regional activities which take place throughout 300 days of the year.

Today, CISM has 127 Member nations who gather once every year for a General Assembly, which is the supreme authority of CISM, and for a Congress. The General Assembly elects a 14 members Board of Directors, which is the policy-making body headed by an elected President, the CISM President, BrigGen Gianni Gola (ITA). It convenes at least twice a year.

The General Secretariat, located in Brussels, is the permanent executive and administrative body. It is managed by the Secretary General, Colonel Michel van Meurs (NED) . He is elected by the General Assembly for four years.

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