2012-04-20

Run for Peace Celebrates Brazil’s Success at the 5th Military World Games

Retiree Maria de Jesus Leal da Silva, 84 years old, who participated in the initiative for the first time, thought that “the run was wonderful.” Photo: Ccomsex, Communications Unit, Ministry of Defense

Retiree Maria de Jesus Leal da Silva, 84 years old, who participated in the initiative for the first time, thought that “the run was wonderful.” Photo: Ccomsex, Communications Unit, Ministry of Defense

Brazilian Ministry of Defense

Over 2,000 people, including civilians and Military personnel, participated in the CISM Day Run – Run for Peace on April 15. This year, the event celebrated the first-place finish by Brazilian athletes at the 5th Military World Games.

Organized by the Defense Ministry (MD) and the International Military Sports Council (CISM), the initiative had the support of Military units from the Brazilian Army, Navy, and Air Force.

The athletic event occurs simultaneously in all 133 countries that are part of CISM. It was created to celebrate the anniversary of the council, founded in 1984. The goal is integration with civil society through athletic activities.

In Brasilia, the event had the support of the Planalto Military Command. The participants had the option of running or walking the 5K route.

For Army Staff Sergeant Edmar de Oliveira Ribeiro, “gathering the family for this run is a way to motivate them, especially the children, to engage in physical activity.” This is the second year he has participated in the event.

According to him, the Run for Peace is a good opportunity to show that the Armed Forces are not restricted to the barracks.

The chair of the Brazilian Military Sports Commission (CDMB/MD), Lieutenant General Fernando Azevedo e Silva, who participated in the race, appreciated the integration of Military personnel and civilians. “In Brazil, the credibility that the population attributes to the Armed Forces is evidence of the mutual respect between Military institutions and Brazilians.”

The general also emphasized the fact that this year, Brazil has an additional reason to celebrate, aside from the fact that it leads the ranking of participating nations among CISM members. “This event has a special reason for being. Nobody imagined that Brazil would host the 5th Military World Games, organize them so well, and finish in first place in the competition. It couldn’t get any better,” he raved.

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