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The participating CISM nations at the opening ceremony of the 2023 World Half Marathon Championships in Lucerne.

The Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) is the international military sports federation based in Brussels. Based on the pillars of sport and solidarity, the CISM and a large number of its 140 member countries have been organising sporting events for armies from all over the world since its foundation in 1948.
The associated encounters between members of the armed forces from different countries create friendships and promote better understanding between nations. Instead of going to war, soldiers should meet to test their athletic strength - true to the CISM motto "friendship through sport".
The aim is also to promote physical fitness and increase the readiness of the armed forces.


Switzerland has been a member of the CISM since 1968. Swiss athletes who are part of the armed forces' top sports promotion regularly take part in military competitions at home and abroad - currently in eleven summer and winter sports.


The Swiss CISM delegation is represented in the following sports/disciplines:

Disciplines / Contact CISM Switzerland


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Sports soldier Max Studer at the 2022 CISM Triathlon World Championships in Spain.

CISM sporting events:
In addition to the annual world championships in the individual sports disciplines, the World Football Cup and the World Cadet Games, which were introduced in 2010, the CISM also organises major multi-sport events in the form of the Summer and Winter World Military Games. Like the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, the latter are organised every four years and are based on the spirit of the CISM and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The Swiss delegation not only takes part in competitions, but has also regularly organised events in its own country since joining the CISM World Federation. With the first CISM Half Marathon World Championships in 2023 and the fifth CISM Winter Military World Games in 2025, two major events will be held in Switzerland in the coming years.

CISM

The Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) is the International Military Sports Federation. It was founded on 18 February 1948 in Nice (France) by the five countries Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. With its 140 member states today, it is the third largest sports organisation in the world (behind the IOC / FIFA).

One of the aims of the association is to promote the development of military sport on a broad basis, as well as the promotion of friendly relations between the armed forces and the member states. It supports athletes from less privileged countries in the technical aspects of sport and is committed to promoting progressive and harmonious youth.

In particular, the CISM organisation aims to contribute to global efforts for general peace.The motto of the CISM is:

"Friendship through Sport"

Twenty-six sports are permitted in the annual world championships organised by the CISM. The Summer and Winter Military World Games take place every four years and include some of these sports:

Military sports

Aviation, naval and military pentathlon, shooting and parachuting.

Individual sports

Athletics (incl. cross-country and marathon), cycling, horse riding, swimming (incl. lifeguarding and high diving), orienteering, modern pentathlon, skiing (Nordic and Alpine), triathlon, archery, climbing, golf and sailing.

Martial arts

Boxing, fencing, judo, wrestling and taekwondo.

Team sports

Basketball, football, volleyball and beach volleyball.

Conditions for participation

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By participating in CISM competitions, the Swiss delegation consolidates and promotes the reputation of the Swiss Armed Forces at home and abroad. The participating competitors perform optimally under the best possible conditions.
The principle of "participation before rank" certainly applies to international military sport and the CISM organisation. For certain nations, including Switzerland, it only makes sense to participate if one of the sports in question promises an appropriate ranking on the basis of success forecasts.
Athletes whose sports are held at CISM competitions are preparing for the World Championships. The performance in the current year is a measure for a corresponding selection for the CISM World Championships.   
Requirements for participation as an athlete:
a) The participant is member of the armed forces;
b) the participant is a member of the national sports federation;
c) the selection requirements of the CISM head of discipline are met.

WC in Switzerland

Year

Sport

Place

Nations

2022
2018 

2016

Halfmarathon

Shooting 
Judo

Lucerne
Thun 

Uster

38

44
27

2014

Swimming & Lifesaving

Tenero

17

2012

Triathlon

Lausanne

18

2010

Parachuting

Buochs

37

2008

Cross-Country

Thun

25

2006

Skiing Nordic

Andermatt

19

2005

Shooting

Thun

43

2002

Marathon

Biel

15

2002

Fencing

Avenches/Murten

18

2000

Modern pentathlon

Aarau

15

1998

Orienteering

Bière

30

1995

Skiing Nordic

Andermatt

19

1994

Shooting

Lausanne/Chamblon

34

1992

Modern pentathlon

Bremgarten

21

1990

Fencing

Bern

13

1987

Modern pentathlon

Brugg

9

1986

Orienteering

Chur

14

1985

Skiing Nordic

Andermatt

10

1984

Shooting

Liestal

26

1983

Parachuting

Frauenfeld

22

1982

Fencing

Magglingen

13

1981

Military pentathlon

Bremgarten

13

1980

Modern pentathlon

Brugg

9

1979

Skiing Nordic

Andermatt

8

1977

Orienteering

Brugg

13

1976

Shooting

Thun

12

1975

Skiing

Andermatt

12

1971

Shooting

Thun

18

1971

Modern pentathlon

Thun/Bern

11

1969

Orienteering

Colombier

8


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Head of CISM Switzerland

Col Christian Hess
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