Giani Gola


Giani Gola
Honorary President of the International Military Sports Council


li Biography

Major General Dr. Gianni Gola, 64, is a distinguished member of the Olympic and sports family. President of International Military Sports Council from 1998 to 2010, and currently Honorary President of CISM, he has been a member of the Olympic Truce Foundation since 2000 and member of the International Olympic Committee's ‘Sports for All Commission’ since 2003.


Passionate about sport and an athlete himself (he holds an Italian junior record in hammer-throw), Major General Dr. Gianni Gola got involved in CISM activities early in his military career in 1965. He has held many positions within CISM, notably Chief of the Italian Mission (1972-1995), Executive Director of the 1st Military World Games (1995), Vice-President for Europe (1996-1998), President (1998-2010) before becoming Honorary President in 2010.


He was also 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).


In Italy, he is currently 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.

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