SPORT is important for economic development and integration of the African continent, says Defence permanent secretary Sturdy Mwale.
Opening the 36th International Military Sports Council-Eastern and Southern Africa Liaison Office (CISM-ESALO) annual general conference at New Fairmount Hotel, Mwale said CISM was the second largest multi sports disciplinary organisation after the International Olympic Committee.
“Soldiers who may have previously met on the battlefield now meet on the sports playing field…it is also gratifying to note that ESALO has made considerable progress in enhancing the CISM Moto ‘Friendship through sports’ based on three pillars; sports, education and solidarity – the main objective of promoting friendly sporting and physical training among the armed forces of member countries in order to foster the culture of peace. This is needed and important for economic development and integration of the African continent,” Mwale said.
He said the meeting comes after the recent 7th CISM World Military Games held in China, Wuhan from October 18 to 28 attended by Zambia.
Mwale urged the delegates from Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Botswana, Tanzania, South Africa, Angola, Zimbabwe and Zambia to promote cooperation in finding solutions to the challenges that the organisation is facing.
He also urged the delegates to consider inviting international companies and corporate institutions to sponsor some sporting disciplines and also market their products.
And Zambia’s CISM chief delegate Brigadier General Oscar Nyoni said Zambia recommits itself to supporting CISM-ESALO founded on the element of discipline and good physical health, which is being highly promoted by President Edgar Lungu.