The Winter Military World Games are a multi-sports event organized for military athletes once every four years (one year prior to holding the Winter Olympic Games).
The 1st Winter Military World Games were held in 2010 in Aosta (Italy). One of the facts that made the 1st CISM Winter Military World Games a big success was, undoubtedly, the number of countries present at the event. During 8 days, 43 country-flags flew in the fields of the Aosta Valley – Italy, representing more than 800 athletes and demonstrating the high interest of the military athletes in winter sports. Taking into consideration that this was the first edition of the CISM Winter Military World Games, these figures were a great achievement for the CISM family. Athletes competed in several sports: Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-Country, Indoor Climbing, Short Trak and Ski Orienteering. The first team place was held by athletes of the Armed Forces of Italy; second place was held by athletes of the Armed Forces of France; the third place was held by athletes of the Armed Forces of China.
The 2nd Winter Military World Games took place in 2013 in Annecy (France). From 25 to 29 March, 1,000 competitors from 40 nations, representing some of the world’s top athletes in their disciplines, celebrated the motto “Friendship through sport”. In the presence of French national ministers for sports and defense, thousands of spectators enjoyed the opening ceremony in Annecy on 25 March. Competitions were held in seven sports. The first team place was held by athletes of the Armed Forces of France; second place was held by athletes of the Armed Forces of Italy; and the third place was held by athletes of the Armed Forces of Switzerland.
The decision to hold the 3rd Winter Military World Games in Russia was made on May 22, 2015, in Kuwait, at the 70th General Assembly of the International Military Sports Council (CISM). The presentation of the Games in Sochi took place in October, 2015, in South Korea, at the VI Summer Military World Games of CISM.
According to the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of December 25, 2015, No. 2695-r, the Organizing Committee for the Preparation and Execution of the 3rd Winter Military World Games of 2017 in Sochi was formed.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation is the organizer of the Games; the operator is the federal autonomous institution of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation “Central Sports Club of the Army”. The chairman of the Organizing Committee is Hero of Russia, Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation General S. K. Shoygu.
The 3rd Winter Military World Games will be held from February 22 to February 28, 2017.
The sports program of the 3rd Winter Military World Games of 2017 includes seven sports:
biathlon (including patrol race);
indoor rock climbing;
The Russian Federation in CISM
Armed forces of the USSR (the Russian Federation) were accepted as members of CISM on May 10, 1991, at the 46th General Assembly in Tanzania.
During membership of the Russian Federation in CISM, athletes of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have participated in 171 CISM world championships in 25 sports.
In the Russian Federation, CISM world championships were organized and successfully held in modern pentathlon in 1992, in fencing in 1993, in swimming in 1994 and 2001, in sports orientation and tennis in 1996, in judo in 1998 and 2005, in basketball in 2005, and in parachuting in 2006 and 2016. Additionally, a number of regional CISM championships and the women’s European championship in the military pentathlon have been held. The European meeting of CISM was successfully organized and held in 2000 in Moscow.