The CISM Day Run in progress: (From left) Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army General Shavendra Silva, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence – General Kamal Gunaratne (Retd), The Commander of the Air Force and President of Defence Services Sports Board – Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana and Commander of Navy – Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne.
The International Military Sports Council (CISM) Day Run which was organised this time by the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) was flagged off on February 20, 2022 morning at the Riffle Green Ground, Colombo by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General Kamal Gunaratne (Retd).
The Commander of the Air Force and President of Defence Services Sports Board, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana participated in the run along with the Chief of Staff, Air Vice Marshal Prasanna Payoe, and members of the Air Force Board of Management. Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army General Shavendra Silva, Commander of Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne also participated in the event. Over a hundred personnel from each service participated in the ‘CISM Day Run’ which covered a distance of nearly 4 km.
The International Military Sports Council (CISM) was founded on the 18th of February 1948 and organizes various sporting events for the armed forces worldwide. CISM brings together military personnel from all its 133 member countries while enabling them to strengthen their friendship on the playing field.
This is in accordance with the philosophy and the idea set in CISM’s mission statement signed by all the member countries. The ultimate goal of CISM is to contribute to world peace by uniting armed forces through sports achieving its motto, “Friendship through Sport”.