History of CISM Para Sports

2008-2011 Over the past several years, there have been discussions amongst a number of the CISM member nations regarding the feasibility of incorporating injured soldiers into the CISM Program. Results from these surveys have been analyzed and have been used to
define a pilot project with a working title of “Honoring the Sacrifice” – incorporating injured soldiers into CISM competitions. Under this name, a “CISM injured soldiers project” team worked out the ways of integrating Para-athletes in normal competitions.

05/2012 US Paralympics Committee sponsored the „Warrior Games 2012“. For the first time CISM Para Athletes were part of the Warrior Games 2012. The experience of that event was used to implement athletes in CISM events in the upcoming years.

09/2013 The first combined competition, the 1st Open Integrative CISM Military European Championships in Track & Field was held at the German Federal Armed Forces Sports School in Warendorf/GER in September 2013. As a part of the 1st Open Integrative
CISM Military European Championships, athletes and Para-athletes participated for the first time together in a track & field event.

02/2015 France hosted the 1st International Swimming & Para-Swimming Championships in Fontainebleau/FRA in February 2015. 10 countries participated, 7 of them participated in Para-competitions.

10/2015 For the first time Para-athletes took part in shot put, running and archery competitions during the 6th Military World Games in Mungyeong/Korea. The cornerstone was finally laid for the participation of Para-athletes at future events.