OSMA BACKGROUND

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.


News Briefs

GREAT LAKES GAMES

The Solidarity Games of the Great Lakes Region is at its maiden edition and shall be hosted by the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa come August 2023. These games will rally military athletes from about 30 Countries and will include over 9 discipline. The Chief Delegates of the Democratic Republic of Congo said during the BOD Meeting in Yaounde that Kinshasa is ready to receive these games and a delegation of the OSMA executive is expected in Kinshasa in march for the inspection of the sporting infrastructure ahead of the games

By Raimy


79TH CISM General Assembly

Tanzania to host the 79 CISM General Assembly Next Year

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THE AFRICAN UNION TECHNICAL COMMISION ON SPORTS FOR DEVELOPMENT

OSMA was admitted into the African Union Sports Council during the Ministers of Sports Conference which held in Addis Abeba – Ethiopia in 2011. Since then OSMA is a privileged member of the Technical Committee on Sports For Development. From the 11 to 12 September 2023 OSMA participated in the Technical Committee on Sports for Developments meeting which was attended by more than 15 stakeholders promoting sports and development of sports around the continent.The Meeting was chaired by the coordinatior of the African Union Sports Commission whose headquarters in Yaounde. Discussions were focused on two themes. Sports Development Agenda for 2063 and Sports for Development Agenda 2063

By Raimy


7th OSMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

The Cameroun delegation to CISM/OSMA will be organising the 7th OSMA Board of Directors Meeting in Yaounde - Cameroon from the 14th to 20th of October 2023. About 20 Member countries will attend this meeting whose Invitation files have already been sent to participants. Preparations are beefing up for a warm and memorable reception of guests to this very important statutory Rendez-vous of the OSMA Calendar of Activities

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CAMBOXE TO BE HOSTED BY MOROCCO

The African Military Boxing Championship (CAMBOXE) will be hosted by the Moroccan Delegation to OSMA in the 1st quarter of 2024. This comes as a result of the constant negotiations carried between member nations and the OSMA President and the SG during their curtersey visits to diplomatic representations and the working visits to member countries. Since the last General Assembly which took please in Freetown-Sierra Leone, The OSMA Secretary General was tasked with the mission of making talks with the member nations in view hosting one of OSMA events. So far this initiative has been yielding fruits as we look forward to organise many events in the coming years

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PROMOTION TO THE RANK OF MAJOR GENERAL OF THE OSMA PRESIDENT

The OSMA President was promoted to the rank of Major General by the Nigerian High Authorities. This briliant and meritious promtion honours our great organisation and testifies of the esteem and confidence placed in him by the Nigerian high Political and Military officials. It should be noted that this top ranking officer was elected into the office of OSMA President and CISM Vice-President for Africa in November 2020 and since then has been actively developing the activities of OSMA. He brilliantly organised the 1st CDS Sahel Games for peace and solidarity in october 2021 which saw the participation of more than 15 African countries. Recently he paid a working visit to the Sierra Leones Military and Civilian Authories, ahead of the hosting of the 7th OSMA general Assembly in Freetown.

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The 8th OSMA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The Organization of Military Sports in Africa (OSMA) held its 8th General Assembly in Abuja – Nigeria From the 24th February to 3rd March 2024. The Nigerian Delegation to OSMA successfully hosted the working sessions of the 8th OSMA General Assembly under the High Patronage of His Excellency Mr. BOLA Ahmed Tinubu, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Local Organising Committee under the able leadership of the Nigerian Chief Delegate Air Vice Marshall AT Marquis spared no effort to render the stay of the entire OSMA Delegations a memorable one with the introduction of the Novelty Football match between Team OSMA and Team CDS which trilled the public and procured much fun amongst the delegations present. What stands out clear of this OSMA statutory meeting was that its beats all records of OSMA Assembly attendance with more the 27 Countries present. Fruitful resolutions were taken inorder to foster the activities of OSMA with the re-election of Major General Abdullahi Maikano as the OSMA President and CISM Vice President for Africa being prominent. In attendance were various officials of the Nigerian Ministry of Defense, including the Minister of Defense Hon. Dr. Muhammed Bello Matawalle and Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff General CG Musa, ambassadors, Chief delegates and delegates from 27 member states which are Nigeria, South Sudan, Congo Brazzaville, Congo Kinshasa, Eritrea, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Chad, Bulkina Faso, South Africa, Botswana, Guinea Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritania, Tunisia, Algeria, Mali, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Morocco and Ghana. Also CISM President Col Nilton Rolim ( Brazil, CISM Secretary General Navy Captain Roberto Recchia ( Italy), CISM /OSMA Ambassador Col Mamby Koita ( Guinea), OSMA Secretary General Lt Col Pierre Djendola were in attendance of this special occasion. During the Closing Ceremony Colonel Bakari who is the Director of the Military World Games, the African Liaison Officer, and the Tanzanian Representative at the Secretariat of the International Military Sports Council (CISM) and a host of other Nigerian Dignitaries were conferred the OSMA Order of Merit award for their distinctive contribution and valuable efforts in spreading military diplomacy in their various domains. Chief Delegates and delegates go with a satisfied and grateful sentiment as they were given unparalleled and unprecedented hospitality and In Abuja .



7th OSMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

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 Cameroon’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 communiqué which sanctioned the end of this meeting carried strong resolutions towards revamping OSMA Sporting Activities and promoting its visibility withing the continent and globally.





CAMBOXE 2024

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The Moroccan Delegation has confirmed the organisation of the 6th CAMBOXE in Rabat by March 2024

GREAT LAKES GAMES

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The Maiden Edition of the Games will be held in August 2024 in Kinshasa

8th OSMA General Assembly

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Nigeria is set to host the 8th OSMA General Assembly in February 2024.

AFRICAN MILITARY GAMES

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The African Military Games are scheduled for Abuja-Nigeria in 2024, which is expected to welcome about 500 Athletes from 40 African Countries.