Karachi, Nov 1: 49th International Military Sports Council (CISM) Sailing Championship 2016 concluded with an impressive closing ceremony held at Defence Authority Marina Club Karachi. Championship was organized by Pakistan Navy under the auspices of Joint Services Headquarters in which nine teams from Bahrain, Finland, Netherland, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Russia and Ukraine contested whereas Palestine participated as observer only.
Russian sailing team with a remarkable performance throughout the championship clinched the winner's trophy while the team from Pakistan secured second position, whereas Norway grabbed the third place by beating Ukraine team. The fair Play Trophy of the Championship was awarded to Ukraine.
The Naval Chief while speaking on the occasion said that sailing is a highly skillful and professional sport which is quite popular in the armed forces. He commended the spirit of fair play, friendship and camaraderie displayed by the participating sailing teams during the championship. The Naval Chief also paid special gratitude to President CISM for his concerted efforts for promotion of sailing.
The closing ceremony was attended by high level military and civil dignitaries, officials from embassies of participating countries and large number of members from the sailing community.