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 OSMA Board of Directors Meeting was held in Yaounde -Cameroun from the 14th to the 20th of October 2023, under the high patronage of the President of the Republic, Head of State and Commander in chief of the Armed Forces His Excellency President Paul Biya.
The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo chaired the opening ceremony at the Mont Febe Hotel in Yaounde, Cameroon on October 16, 2023.
The working sessions began on the 7th with The President of OSMA and CISM Vice President for Africa, Major General Abdullahi Maikano(Nigeria) who in his opening remarks thanked the Commander-in- of the Armed Forces, President Paul Biya for making this meeting possible.
The Cameroonian Delegation to OSMA headed by Colonel Aleokol Kaole Raymond warmly welcomed the over 30 military delegates from over 20 African countries and highlighted that the decisions that will sprout from this meeting will be highly welcome as it will impact the smooth evolution of the organization and military sports in Africa.
This years BOD meeting was focused on two main points; the revision of OSMA statutes and the relaunching of OSMA activities.
The closing ceremony which saw the presence of the Cameroonâ€™s Military and Civil Authorities, the diplomatic corps and the representatives of international organisations based in yaounde, took place at the Mont Febe Hotel.
The communiquÃ© which sanctioned the end of this meeting carried strong resolutions towards revamping OSMA Sporting Activities and promoting its visibility withing the continent and globally.
The OSMA President Major General MAIKANO ABDULLAHI, paid a working visit to the high Military and Political Authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo from the 31st of August to the 6th of September 2022.
The President was received in audience by the Honourable Minister of Defence and the Veterans, H.E. Gilbert Kabanda Kurhenga, on the 1st of September 2022 where talks were held on the possibility of hosting the Great lakes Games and the OSMA General Assembly next year. The Minister in his remarks assured the OSMA President that Congo will undoubtedly organise these two events in the following year.
The OSMA President also paid visit to the Chief of Defence Staff of the Congolese Armed Forces with very positive outcomes and later the Inspector General of the Congolese Armed Forces and the Commissioner General of the Congolese Police.
This working visit was graced by a closing ceremony where the OSMA President hadthe opportunity to award the OSMA Order of Merit to the top Military and Political Authorties
The Moroccan Delegation has confirmed the organisation of the 6th CAMBOXE in Rabat by March 2024
The Maiden Edition of the Games will be held in August 2024 in Kinshasa
Nigeria is set to host the 8th OSMA General Assembly in February 2024.
The African Military Games are scheduled for Abuja-Nigeria in 2024, which is expected to welcome about 500 Athletes from 40 African Countries.