POSTED: April 10th 2010

CISM President Gianni Gola honored as Peace and Sport Ambassador

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Joel Bouzou, Maj. Gen. Gianni Gola in Aosta / Image: Peace And Sport
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Joel Bouzou, Maj. Gen. Gianni Gola in Aosta / Image: Peace And Sport

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/MONACO/BRUSSELS, Apr 10: Major General Dr. Gianni Gola, President of the International Military Sports Council (CISM) was appointed as an international Ambassador for “Peace and Sport,  l’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport ".

Gola was honoured with the Golden Dove emblem presented by Prince Albert II of Monaco and Joel Bouzou both patron and founder of the Peace and Sport Organization. CISM held a ‘Sport for Peace' Forum at the end of the first Winter Military World Games that took place from 20-25 March in the Italian town of Aosta.

Peace and Sport founder, Joel Bouzou, said: "Through its many field actions, on a daily basis CISM demonstrates the unifying power of sport and its ability to put an end to hostility. It is enough to see these former soldiers who have faced each other on battle fields confront each other with friendship on the sports ground to be convinced!”

“It is crucial that these best practices are made known to international and local decision makers so that they can be incorporated into strategies to deploy peace agreements throughout the world. It is the task that Peace and Sport’s networking platform, reinforced by its neutral status, will seek to achieve alongside Major General Dr. Gianni Gola.”

Major General Dr. Gianni Gola, 64, has relentlessly endeavoured to make significant advances in furthering military sport worldwide, consolidating the CISM organization and expanding its games. He has held many positions within CISM, notably Chief of the Italian Mission (1972-1995), Executive Director of the 1st Military World Games (1995) and Vice-President for Europe (1996-1998), before becoming President in 1998.

An athlete himself (he holds an Italian junior record in hammer-throw) Gola has been passionately involved in CISM activities since early in his military career in 1965.

Gola said, "Becoming a Peace and Sport Ambassador is an immense honour for me and for CISM. Military sport is already helping to improve education, social status and the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people in the world.

“I am proud to put this expertise to good use in Peace and Sport’s platform for action. This synergy will enable CISM to rise to many challenges in order to deploy more concrete and more effective sports programs which will contribute to the efforts of peace in the world.”

Currently in Italy, Gola is Major General of the ‘Guardia di Finanza’, (Italian Financial Military Police Force) Commanding Officer of the “Guardia di Finanza Sports Center”, a group of 350 elite athletes in 12 sports.

He has also served as President of the Track & Field Italian Federation from 1989 to 2004, twice a member of the Italian National Olympic Committee Executive Board (1991-1993 and 1997-1999), a member of the Council of the European Athletics Association (1999-2003) and of the IAAF (2001-2003).

He will become the 11th Ambassador and will join the following:

-          Wilfried Lemke (Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace),

-          Mario Pescante (Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee),

-          HRH Prince Nawaf Faisal Fahd Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia (IOC member, Vice-President of the NOC, Vice-President in charge of Youth in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia),

-          Hicham El Guerrouj (Olympic champion and IOC Member),

-          Adnan Houdrouge (CEO of Mercure International of Monaco, Vice-President of Peace and Sport),

-          Sir Philip Craven, MBE (President of the International Paralympic Committee)

-          Adolf Ogi (former President of the Swiss Confederation and Board Member of the NGO Right To Play),

-          Mikhail Prokhorov (Chairman of Onexim and President of the Russian Biathlon Union),

-          Yang Ho Cho (Chairman and CEO of Korean Air),


Keywords · Peace and Sport · CISM · Prince Albert of Monaco · Joel Bouzou · Gianni Gola · military sport

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