The Organization of Military Sports in Africa (OSMA) is a continental organisation made up of the Armed Forces of African Member countries. It is the African representation of the International Military Sports Council (CISM). OSMA has thus endorsed CISM's basic principles and motto:"Friendship through Sport" OSMA's main objective is to promote friendly sporting and physical training activities among the Armed Forces of member states, in order to foster the culture of peace needed for the economic development and the integration of the African continent. The Headquarters of OSMA is in YAOUNDE. Cameroon. OSMA was founded by Maj Gen Ishola Williams of Nigeria and Col Kalkaba Malboum of Cameroon. It is being adopted in 1994 at the 49th CISM General Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey. Its 1st General Assembly only took place on 25 March 2008, in Algiers, Algeria, under the high patronage of H.E. Abdelaziz Bouteflika President of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria.
The 7th General Assembly of the Organisation of Military Sports in Africa (OSMA), was held in Freetown Sierra Leone From the 19th to the 27th February 2022. Delegates from 27 Countries attended this very important meeting despite the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a very successful meeting as the Sierra Leones demonstrated a high degree of African hospitality and the meeting was conducted under an atmosphere of brotherliness, friendship, and mutual understanding. The Opening Ceremony was placed under the Patronage of His Excellency Brigadier General Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic and Commander in Chief of the Sierra Leone Armed Forces. The Deputy Minister of Defence Colonel Muana B Massaquoi chaired the Ceremony in the presence CISM Executives and a host of invited guests. The working sessions which were presided by Major General Maikano Abdullahi, President of OSMA were rich in deliberations, which brought out important resolutions in the life of the organization. The most important being the re-election of Capitaine de Frégate DJENDOLA Pierre to the post of Secretary-General for a second mandate. The Final Communiqué that sanctioned this meeting was forwarded to all OSMA member countries.
The OSMA Sahel Games for Peace which was at it maiden edition witnessed the participation of 15 countries and recorded a memorable success.
The OSMA Sahel Games for Peace and Solidarity kicked off on the 11th of October 2021 with a grandiose opening ceremony. The event was graced with the presence of the Chief of Defense Staff of the Nigerian Armed Forces, the official sponsor of the games, the Minister of Science Technology and Innovations, the grand patron of the games, and a host of top ranking officials. Nigerian Authorities rallied a tremendous support behind the Chief of Defence Staff Lt General Irabor for this event to be engraved in OSMA annals.
In the football tournament, Chad emerged the champion by beating Cameroon 3-1 in final match. Tanzania came 1st and 2nd for the marathon men series while cameroon came 3rd. The 2nd edition of the sahel games for peace will take place in Tchad December 2022.
The African Military Boxing Championship was posponed du the persistence of the COVID-19 Pendemics
All is set for the games in Abuja Nigeria by early October this year as preparation in every participation Delegations are ongoing.
The 7th OSMA General Assembly will be hosted by the CISM/OSMA Sierra Leone from the 19th to 27th February 2022 In Freetown.
The African Military Basket Championship which was due to be hosted early this year in Kigali-Rwanda has been postponed.