Muscat: The second CISM Military World Cup football championship will kick off at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Bausher on Sunday with Sayyid Shihab bin Tariq Al Said presiding over the inaugural ceremony.
The opening ceremony will also be attended by a number of ministers, commanders of the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF), military and security agencies, a number of employees of the Ministry of Defence and SAF, the Royal Guard of Oman (RGO)and Royal Oman Police (ROP).
CISM World Cup, which runs till January 28, will see a total of 16 teams competing for the top honours.
Meanwhile, the Organising Committee, headed by Air Commodore Maktoum bin Salim Al Mazroui, Assistant Chief of Staff of SAF for Training and Joint Exercise Forces, inspected all the facilities, including the accommodation of the delegates, media and medical centers to find out the readiness to host the global soccer tournament.
The matches will be played at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, which also will host the opening and closing matches, ROP Stadium in Al Wattyah and Seeb Sports Stadium.
Hosts Oman, who are placed in Group A, play the inaugural match against Guinea.
They are scheduled to play their second match against Bahrain on January 18 before completing their group engagements with a match against France on January 20.
The hosts will play all their group matches at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Bausher.
Group B comprises Algeria, Iran, Germany and Brazil while Qatar, Iraq, United States and Mali form Group C. Egypt, Syria, Poland and Canada are placed in Group D.
The quarterfinals will take place on January 24. The semifinals will be played on January 26.The third-place play-off and the final are scheduled for January 28.