Karachi, November 01, 2016 (PPI-OT): 49th International Military Sports Council (CISM) Sailing Championship 2016 concluded with an impressive closing ceremony held at DA Marina Club Karachi, today. Championship was organized by Pakistan Navy under the auspices of Joint Services Headquarters. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah was the Chief Guest on the occasion and awarded medals to the winning teams.
Russian sailing team with a remarkable performance throughout the Championship clinched the winner’s trophy while the team from Pakistan secured second position, whereas Norway grabbed the third place by beating Ukraine team. The Fair Play Trophy of the Championship was awarded to Ukraine.
The Naval Chief while speaking on the occasion said that sailing is a highly skillful and professional sport which is quite popular in the armed forces. He commended spirit of fair play, friendship and camaraderie displayed by the participating sailing teams during the Championship. The Naval chief also paid special gratitude to president CISM for his concerted efforts for promotion of sailing.
Earlier, the Official CISM Representative (OCR) Colonel Walter Van Velthoven during his speech acknowledged Pakistan Navy’s efforts for conducting the championship in befitting manner under the patronage of JSHQ. He also awarded Order of Merit Medals to Chief of the Naval Staff, DG Joint warfare and training, members of Organizing Committee and Advisor 49th CISM Sailing Pakistan.
The Championship was held from 28th Oct to 1st Nov 16 in which J-80 class boats were used. Nine Teams from Bahrain, Finland, Netherland, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Russia and Ukraine contested in the Championship whereas Palestine participated as observer only.
Conseil International du sport Militaries or International Military Sports Council (CISM) was established on 18 Feb 1948. It organises various sports event for Armed Forces of member countries with the ultimate goal to contribute to world peace by uniting Armed Forces for the sports.
The motto under which this organisation operates is “Friendship through Sport”. CISM annually organises over twenty Military World Championships for different sports in which all member nations can take part. The closing ceremony was attended by high level Military and civil dignitaries, officials from embassies of participating countries and large number of members from the sailing community.
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