More than 100 Countries to Participate in the 5th Military World Games in Rio de Janeiro

Por Dialogo
outubro 26, 2010

Excellent article about a little-known event. for me it is a good opportunity to see some sports that I like. And I am student at ECEME and I would like to know where for skydiving will take place. Futhermore, I am sure that Brazil will make a good host and I wish great success to the participants and the organizing bodies for an event of this great magnitude and may God enlighten them. I'm a skydiving fanatic and I would love to get to see the skydiving competition. So sorry for my bad Portuguese.

Everyone knows that Rio de Janeiro will be one of the cities to host the 2014
World Cup and will also be the stage for the 2016 Olympic Games. What only a few
know is that the “Cidade Maravilhosa” (“Marvelous City”) will also host the 5th
Military World Games, the largest military sports event ever held in Brazil, to take
place July 6th – 24th, 2011.

The choice of Brazil as the host of the 5th Military World Games was made in
2007, at a meeting of the International Military Sports Council (CISM, from the
French acronym for Conseil International du Sport Militaire). The country competed
against Turkey for the right to host the games. According to the Judging Committee,
in the final decision, the sports infrastructure already established in Rio de
Janeiro for the 2007 Pan American Games, the city’s experience in hosting large
events, and the support for the project demonstrated by the local authorities were
decisive for the Brazilian victory.

The organization of the Games is a responsibility of the Ministry of Defense.
“The ‘2011 Rio Peace Games’ are promoted by the CISM with the aim of developing
relationships among the armed forces of the participating countries in the name of
friendship and solidarity, contributing to the harmonious development of the
military personnel. The activities are based on the CISM’s main slogan, Friendship
through Sport,” said Gen. Jamil Megid Junior, the coordinator of the Operational
Planning Committee.

There will be approximately 6,000 athletes and 2,000 delegates from over one
hundred countries. Competitions will be held in twenty sports, some new to the
military world games, such as beach volleyball. Other sports include aeronautical,
military, naval, and modern pentathlons, parachuting, shooting, sailing, boxing, and
taekwondo. Brazil will participate with 250 athletes and will be represented in all
sports.

The 5th Military World Games will utilize sports facilities used for the 2007
Pan American Games, such as João Havelange Olympic Stadium, Maria Lenk Aquatic Park,
and the Maracãnazinho arena, along with other military facilities.

Olympic athletes in different sports have been incorporated into the
Brazilian Armed Forces in order to participate in the Rio 2011 Games. “These
athletes were mainly attracted by the favorable conditions for training and
traveling, by the good infrastructure, and they are supported by the Brazilian
Olympic Committee (Comitê Olímpico Brasileiro – COB),” said Vice Adm. Bernardo
Pierantoni Gambôa, director of the Brazilian Military Sports Commission (athletes
and related). The process of incorporation started in March 2009 in the Navy and was
continued in November by the Army. Later on, the Air Force joined in. In the Navy,
the chosen athletes were incorporated as corporals and sailors; in the Army, as
temporary sergeants, for a minimum period of one year and a maximum of
seven.

The incorporation of athletes into the armed forces is a common process in
European and Asian countries, whose Olympic delegations accommodate athletes with
military backgrounds in building up their sports bases. According to CISM data, a
total of 755 military personnel were part of participating delegations at the
Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.




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