Dear readers, dear friends,

As CISM President, I would like to welcome you to the 3rd Winter World Games (WWG) in Russian Federation – in Sochi which was the Olympic City that hosted the Olympics 2014 with great success with record participation of 88 nations. And now, 3 years later, it’s the second time that Sochi switches the lights on to organize the 3rd CISM WWG that are organized every four years, one year before the year of next Winter Olympic Games.

Dear friends, CISM WWG is one mega event that is based on CISM ideals and Olympic spirit, without political, religious and racial consideration nor discrimination. I am really proud to mention that CISM is the only one international sport organization in the world that is far from politics and always in favour of «Sport and Peace». I do believe that military sports are one fundamental tool for establishment of peace all over the world.

The International Military Sport Council in cooperation with the Organizing Committee of the 3rd CISM Winter World Games have already deployed endless efforts to organize these games that would meet the highest international standards.

There are all premises for that. As the Russian Minister of Defence Mr.Shoigu highlighted in his welcome speech Russia is a country where people love and know sports and Russian hospitality is famous all over the world. I would like to remind that Russia is one of the strongest powers in Sports! I am sure that Russian Federation has everything needed to provide the participants of the 3rd CISM WWG with the best infrastructure.

Concluding my dear athletes, I am glad for your participation in the greatest CISM mega winter sport event and I encourage you to stay devoted to the principles and ideals of the International Military Sports Council competing in fair play, respect, team spirit, equality and «Friendship through Sport».

I am looking forward to meeting you in Sochi stadium Opening Ceremony celebrating CISM 3rd Winter World Games 2017.

A.Hakeem Al-Shino