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.
WORKING VISIT OF OSMA PRESIDENT TO KINSHASA
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 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 Congolese Authorities have showed interest in hosting the next OSMA GA in Kinshasa in 2024
Preparations are underway for the next Board of Directors meeting to be hosted in Yaounde Cameroun, in 2023. Preparations are ongoing and notification will be sent soon.
The 2nd sahel games which was to be hosted in Tchad but posponed for administrative reasons, will be organised by the Niger Republic. Niger hope to organise in only one discipline, the Marrathon
The African Military Boxing Championship(CAMBOXE) will be hosted by morocco, in early 2024