Case Study: Military World Games

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The Military World Games was created in 1995 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and of the ratification of the United Nations Organisation Charter. Within its short period of life, the Military World Games is already considered the fourth largest multi–sporting event in the world, behind the Summer Olympic Games, Summer Paralympic Games and Summer University World Games.

The first edition of the Military World Games was held in Rome in 1995, the second in Zagreb, Croatia in 1999 before heading back to Italy in 2003, to Catania. The latest edition was held in Hyderabad, India, with 7, 000 soldiers from 101 countries competing in 17 sports. The 5th Military World Games will take place in Rio de Janeiro from 16–24 July 2011, bringing together 7, 000 athletes from 110 countries. This major sporting event happens every four years, always one year prior to the Olympic Games. Rio was selected as host city of the Military Games on 25 August 2007 after competing with Turkey due to its sports infrastructure built in preparation for the Rio 2007 Pan–American Games. Organised by the International Military Sports Council (CISM) with the objective to promote cooperation among armed forces around the world and with the friendship through sport motto, the Rio 2011 Military World Games is also known as the 2011 Peace Games. The Military World Games in Rio will have a total of 20 sports, with 15 Olympians: Marathon, boxing, basketball, fencing, equestrian, soccer, judo, swimming, modern pentathlon, taekwondo, shooting, triathlon, sailing, volleyball and beach volleyball. Military sports will have ve: orienteering, parachuting, naval pentathlon; military pentathlon and aeronautical pentathlon. Most of the Rio 2007 Pan–American Games venues will be used for sports competition, such as Joáo Havelange Olympic Stadium, Maria Lenk Aquatic Park, Maracanázinho gymnasium and the National Equestrian Centre. In terms of accommodation for the international delegations three Villages for Military Athletes are being built. The White Village in Campo Grande with capacity for 2, 358 athletes, the Green Village in Deodoro, with capacity for 2, 436 athletes, and the Blue Village which can put up to 2, 396 people. After the games, both White and Blue villages will become regular military residential bases. The Green Village in Deodoro will become part of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games infrastructure. The Operational Planning Committee (CPO) of the Rio 2011 Games estimates that the work force during the event will comprise of approximately 10, 000 people. According to the Planning Committee, 70% of these volunteers come from the Military Organisations (OM) and 30% shared among Higher Education Institutions (IES) and voluntary military and civilian people. Organised under military precision, most preparations and solutions were done in–house, using military facilities, personnel and capability. The external professional organisational services contracted by the Planning Committee were also linked to the armed forces. The Ricardo Franco Foundation, a non–profit institution linked to the Brazilian Military Engineering Institute, has supported the whole organisation of the 2011 Military Games. With less than 30 days to the Opening Ceremony, Rio de Janeiro has already proven to the world that it has learned many lessons from the Pan–American Games. The three villages are ready, sporting venues are ready and testing events have been taking place. Final details are ongoing, such as the adaptation of the Joao Havelange Stadium into the International Broadcasting Centre and uniforms being distributed to the work force and volunteers. There are still tickets available for the opening and closing ceremony of the 2011 Military World Games. Tickets are free – all you have to do is register your name, address and official document number at www. rio2011. mil. br.

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