The International Military Sport Council (CISM) Day Run was flagged off at the Galle Face green on 18 February 2017. Chief of the Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Kolitha Gunatilleke attend the event as Chief Guest while Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva, Commander of Navy Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy took the lead in the run. Over a hundred personnel from each service participated in ‘CISM Day Run’ which covered the distance of about 2 km.
Founded on the 18th of February 1948, the International Military Sport Council (CISM) which organizes various sporting events for the armed forces of 133 member’s countries brings together military personnel from all nations, who may previously have met on the battle field, to meet in friendship on the playing field. This is in accordance with the philosophy and the ideals which were set in CISM’s mission statement in 1998, 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”.