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Military officials from 42 countries in Nicosia

Defence Minister Christophoros Fokaides with President of the International Military Sports Council Colonel Abdul Hakeem Al Shino

Soldiers from 42 countries will be in Cyprus this week for the hosting of the European military sports conference CISM 2017 at the Hilton in Nicosia.

The purpose of the event, which will run until Wednesday, is to promote sport in the armed forces, in addition to healthy rivalry, cooperation and friendship which is also reflected in its slogan ‘Friendship through sport’.

According to a statement, the fact that this conference is held in Cyprus is particularly important because apart from signalling cooperation, peace and international security it is a confirmation of the upgraded prestige enjoyed by the armed forces of Cyprus in Europe.

The decision to hold the conference in Cyprus was taken two years ago in the context of the reconstruction of the National Security Council.

After a period of inactivity, the council has recently developed a multi-faceted action plan including the establishment of national basketball, volleyball and handball teams, the creation of an infrastructure and upgrading of sports facilities in army camps, the implementation of martial arts training programmes for soldiers in cooperation with the Cyprus sports association and the participation in international military competitions.

Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaidis will address the opening ceremony on Monday at 7.30 pm at the Hilton.

The International Military Sports Council (CISM) is an international military, non-profit, sports organisation, founded on February 18, 1948 and based in Brussels. It regularly organises various sports events for the armed forces of its 136 member countries.

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