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Switzerland wants to host the Winter Military World Games in 2025. On September 30, 2020, the Swiss Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport (VBS) announced its candidacy to host the fifth CISM Winter Military Games. Over 40 nations and around 1,000 athletes take part in this major sporting event organized by the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM). Switzerland should and wants to host the first CO2-neutral military world games. Consistent sustainability is in the foreground.

At its meeting on September 25, 2020, the Federal Council decided, at the request of the Defense Department, to run for host country for the Winter Military World Games 2025. On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, the candidacy was submitted to the CISM World Association. The games are to take place from March 24th to 30th, 2025 in Central Switzerland and Goms. The alpine disciplines are held in the Engelberg-Titlis sports region, the Nordic disciplines in the Andermatt / Realp / Goms region. Further competitions will take place in the centrally located Host City Lucerne.

The award will be decided at the CISM General Assembly in May 2021.

Traditional sports

At the fifth CISM Winter Military World Games, competitions in the traditional and official CISM winter sports are primarily to be held. These include biathlon, patrol, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, orienteering skiing, alpinism skiing and sport climbing. In addition, cross-country competitions are to take place. This means that even countries without a winter sports tradition have the chance to take part in the games. It is also checked whether demonstration sports such as ski and snowboard cross, short track or para-skiing can be included in the competition program. Parasport competitions are also planned for the Winter Military World Games, so that disabled soldiers can participate in the games.

Logo of the World Military Sports Federation, Photo: CISM

Switzerland has been a member of the CISM since 1968, which today has 140 member states and is the third largest sports organization in the world. The Swiss Defense Department has set an upper cost limit of 13 million Swiss francs for staging the Games. It is financed from the Defense Group's regular budget.

The fifth CISM Winter Military World Games are intended to harmonize with Switzerland's efforts for an ecological economy and sustainable environmental policy. The Swiss CISM delegation is based on contemporary standards for the sustainability of major sporting events. All sports competitions are held on the existing sports infrastructure; No new buildings are planned. Investments in the adaptation of existing facilities lead beyond the games to added value for the region and the promotion of sports. Transport routes should be kept as short as possible. Public transport should be used within Switzerland. The host nations are asked to allow their athletes to travel to Switzerland by train whenever possible.

Invictus Games

The Invictus Games are a Paralympic sporting event for disabled soldiers, which was first held in London in 2014. The fifth event should take place from May 9th to 16th, 2020 in The Hague, the Netherlands. Ten different sports were on the program: athletics, weightlifting, archery, indoor rowing, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, cycling, sitting volleyball and swimming. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Invictus Games have been postponed to 2021. The Bundeswehr will then host the Invictus Games 2023 in Düsseldorf. This was also postponed by one year from the original date in 2022.

According to the current status, the fourth Winter World Military Games will also take place in Germany (Berchtesgaden / Traunstein) in 2021.

Andrè Forkert