Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Lt. Gen. Nguyen Tan Cuong addresses the opening ceremony of the 74th CISM General Assembly and Congress in HCM City on April 24 (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The 74th General Assembly and Congress of the International Military Sports Council (CISM) opened in Ho Chi Minh City on April 24, gathering 340 delegates from 91 member nations and three observer countries.

At the opening ceremony, CISM President, Colonel Herve Piccirillo appreciated Vietnam’s thorough preparations for the event, noting that the country has proved itself as an active and responsible member of the council since its joining in 1998.

He said the record number of participants in the event shows that HCM City and the Vietnamese army are doing a good job of sharing the values that military sports wish to bring to all people, which are friendship, solidarity, peace and humanity.

Welcoming the delegates, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Lt. Gen. Nguyen Tan Cuong said the 74th CISM General Assembly and Congress will review the council’s activities last year and discuss orientations for its activities in the time ahead. 

This is also an occasion for the Vietnam People’s Army and other countries’ armed forces to share experience in sports, thus helping to strengthen their solidarity and friendship, he added.

The CISM was founded in 1948 and currently has 138 member countries. Each year, it organises more than 100 sporting tournaments hosted by its members.

The council aims to promote sporting activities and physical education in armed forces, while fostering friendship and solidarity through providing technical assistance for its members.-VNA