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2019 Military World Games
Wuhan Military World Games logo.png
Host cityWuhan, Hubei, China
MottoMilitary Glory, World Peace (创军人荣耀 筑世界和平)
Nations participating>140
Athletes participating9,308
Events316 events in 27 sports
Opening ceremony18 October 2019 (2019-10-18)
Closing ceremony27 October 2019 (2019-10-27)
Officially opened byPresident Xi Jinping[1]
Athlete's OathYuan Xinyue
Judge's OathWen Keming
Main venueWuhan Sports Center
Websiteen.wuhan2019mwg.cn

The 2019 Military World Games, officially known as the 7th CISM Military World Games and commonly known as Wuhan 2019, was held from October 18–27, 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei, China.[2][3]

The 7th Military World Games was the first international military multi-sport event to be held in China and also it was the largest military sports event ever to be held in China, with nearly 10,000 athletes from over 100 countries competing in 27 sports.[4][5] The multi-sport event included 25 official and 2 demonstrative sports. Six sport disciplines such as badminton, tennis, table tennis, women's boxing and men's gymnastics made their debuts in the event.[6]

This was also the second biggest international sport event to be held in the year 2019 in China after hosting the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. The Games were organized by the Military Sports Commission of China, Ministry of National Defense of the People's Republic of China and the military commands (Army in accordance with CISM regulations and the rules of the International Sports Federations.[7] For the first time in the history of the Military World Games, an Olympic village was set up for the athletes prior to the commencement of the Games.[8] The village was officially opened for the athletes following the flag-raising ceremony.[9]

Host nation China sent a delegation consisting of 553 participants for the games, which marked the record number of participants to represent a nation at a single Military World Games.[10] Around 230,000 volunteers were recruited for the event to be staged in China.[11]

Bidding[edit]

Following the conclusion of the 2015 Military World Games, China won the bid to host the Games for the first time in 2015.[12]

Venues[edit]

The event was held in 35 venues.[12] Football stadium Wuhan Sports Center hosted the football competition for both men and women held from 16 to 27 October.[13]

Houhu block[edit]

Wuhan Five Rings Sports Center[edit]

Venue Sport Capacity
Stadium Athletics (Track and field) 30,000
Gymnasium Table tennis 7,559
Natatorium Lifesaving 1,090

Others[edit]

Venue Sport Capacity
Aeronautical Pentathlon Flying Contest Venue Aeronautical Pentathlon (Flying Contest) n/a
Mulan Lake Campus of PLA Naval University of Engineering Naval Pentathlon (Lifesaving, Utility Swimming, Obstacle Race, Seamanship Race and Amphibious Cross-Country Race) 1,300
Air Force Early Warning Academy Venues Aeronautical Pentathlon (Air Pistol Shooting, Swimming, Fencing, Basketball and Obstacle Race) 1,000
Wuhan National Fitness Center Football Field Football 8,400
Hankou Culture and Sports Center Football 8,756
Wuhan Gymnasium Taekwondo 2,430

Zhuankou block[edit]

Wuhan Sports Center[edit]

Venue Sport Capacity
Stadium Opening and closing ceremonies 58,000
Gymnasium Women's Volleyball 12,000
Natatorium Swimming, Diving 3,500

Others[edit]

Venue Sport Capacity
Jianghan University Gymnasium Men's Volleyball 2,300
Hannan Municipal Airport Parachuting n/a
Tianwaitian Golf Course Men's golf n/a
Wuhan Business University Natatorium Modern Pentathlon (Swimming) 514
Wuhan Business University Gymnasium Modern Pentathlon (fencing) 2,185
Wuhan Business University Equestrian Venue Equestrian, Modern pentathlon (Riding and Laser-Run) 2,120
Hanyang District Beach Volleyball Center Women's Beach Volleyball 1,160
Caidian National Defense Park Archery 2,110
Shooting (25/ 50 m Pistol/ Rifle, Trap/ Skeet) 3,600
Main Media Center Broadcast, Press n/a

Guanggu block[edit]

Venue Sport Capacity
Wuhan Sports University Gymnasium Boxing 3,800
Hongshan Gymnasium Men's Basketball 8,000
Optics Valley International Tennis Center Tennis (demonstration) 13,722
East Lake Greenway Marathon and Road Cycling Venues Athletics (marathon) and Cycling (road) n/a
Wuhan Vocational College of Software and Engineering Gymnasium Wrestling 1,353
Huazhong University of Science and Technology Optics Valley Gymnasium Women's Basketball 6,316
Yishan Golf Course Women's Golf n/a
Wuhan University of Technology Gymnasium Judo 5,212
Ordnance NCO Academy, Army Engineering University of PLA Venues Cross-Country and Military Pentathlon (Obstacle swimming) 2,280
East Lake Sailing and Open Water Swimming Venues Sailing and Open Water Swimming n/a
East Lake Hi-Tech Development Zone Shooting (300 m Rifle), Military Pentathlon (Shooting, Throwing, Obstacle Run) n/a
Hubei Olympic Center Gymnasium Men's Gymnastics (demonstration) 5,294
Wuhan University Student Sports Center Badminton 8,031
Qingshan District Beach Volleyball Center Men's Beach Volleyball 1,116

Huangjiahu block[edit]

Venue Sport Capacity
Jiangxia District Liangzihu Lake Triathlon Venue Triathlon n/a
Jiangxia District Orienteering Venues:
Bafenshan
Dahuashan
Qinglongshan
Tianzishan
Orienteering, Aeronautical Pentathlon (Orienteering) n/a
Wuhan City Polytechnic Gymnasium Fencing 2,433
Athletes Village Athletes Village n/a

Opening ceremony[edit]

Chinese paramount leader Xi Jinping attends the opening ceremony
Opening ceremony of the 2019 Military World Games

The opening ceremony was held on 18 October 2019 and the event was officially opened by the Chinese President and General Secretary of the Communist Party Xi Jinping.[14][15] An extravaganza titled "Torch of Peace" was performed during the opening ceremony highlighting the main motto of the event.[16]

Prior to the opening ceremony, a light show was set to be staged in the Yangtze River in Wuhan. It featured a screen made up of millions of small LED lights installed on bridges and buildings along the bank of the Yangtze River.[17] The torch relay for the event was held on 16 October 2019 with the participation of 100 torchbearers. Liao Hui, 2008 Olympic gold medalist in weightlifting began the torch rally while hammer thrower Zhang Wenxiu concluded the torch relay.[18] Flag raising ceremony was also held on 16 October 2019.[19]

Mascot[edit]

The emblem and mascot along with the website were unveiled on 24 November 2017 by Ministry of National Defense of China. The mascot, named “Bingbing”, was designed based on the Chinese sturgeon.[7]

Marketing[edit]

An online store and 21 franchised retail stores were newly opened in order to promote the sales of licensed items.[20]

Sports[edit]

The competition involved 28 sports.[21]


Demonstration sports

Records[edit]

On 20 October 2019, China's Lu Pinpin broke the world record in the women's 500m obstacle swimming course classified under the military pentathlon with a record timing of 2 minutes and 10.9 seconds.[22][23]

Overall, 82 records were broken during the nine day multi-sport event.[24]

Controversies[edit]

In orienteering China's teams originally captured a gold and a silver medal in women as well as a silver in men, but were all disqualified by the International Orienteering Federation after it was found out that they had been given access to secretly marked paths and received external assistance thus gaining major unfair advantage over other competitors.[25] A common protest was also held by the competitors from Russia, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Poland and Austria accusing the Chinese team for gaining major unfair advantage in the competition.[26]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, conspiracy theories about COVID-19 attributing the virus' creation to the CIA emerged.[27] Some articles on popular Chinese-language sites suggested that American athletes participating in the event deployed SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, and suggested the source of SARS-CoV-2 to be from the US Army bio-weapons research facility at Fort Detrick.[28] They say the inattentive attitude and disproportionately below-average results of American athletes in the game indicate they might have been in for other purposes and they might actually be bio-warfare operatives, and that their place of residence during their stay in Wuhan was also close to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, where the virus was first identified.[29][30] A large number of athletes from different delegations around the world had fallen ill with unusual symptoms during the games which some attribute to COVID-19, including returning French athletes Élodie Clouvel and Valentin Belaud; most have not been tested, and are under suppression orders as military authorities asserted that it would be impossible in any event to determine exactly when the infection had occurred.[31][32][33][34] U.S. intelligence reportedly shared information regarding the ongoing threat of "potential pandemic from Wuhan outbreak" in November 2019.[35] The U.S. Department of Defense Rumor Control Website dispels what is deemed conspiracy theories, stating that "senior U.S. Administration officials have repeatedly denounced the Chinese government's efforts to deflect responsibility for downplaying the threat early on" as well as "its lack of transparency during the early stages" and "being irresponsible and unhelpful with combating the pandemic the world is facing today".[36]

Participating nations[edit]

It was reported that 109 nations took part in the event including athletes from Russia. In September 2019, the International Association of Athletics Federation approved athletes from Russia with the Authorized National Athlete (ANA) status to take part at the event.[37] However the All Russia Athletics Federation remained silent on the participation of Russian athletes.

List of participating nations[edit]

9,308 athletes from 110 countries participated in the games:[38][39]

  • Algeria (56)
  • Albania (5)
  • Angola (2)
  • Armenia (15)
  • Argentina (2)
  • Azerbaijan (20)
  • Austria (37)
  • Brazil (329)
  • Guatemala (13)
  • Bahrain (69)
  • Barbados (2)
  • Belarus (95)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (11)
  • Belgium (51)
  • Botswana (15)
  • Bulgaria (21)
  • Burkina Faso (3)
  • Canada (104)
  • Cameroon (55)
  • Republic of the Congo (19)
  • Cape Verde (4)
  • Chile (32)
  • Colombia (31)
  • China (553)
  • Croatia (11)
  • Cyprus (8)
  • Czech Republic (27)
  • Chad (11)
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo (26)
  • Denmark (61)
  • Djibouti (3)
  • Dominican Republic (31)
  • Ecuador (74)
  • Egypt (83)
  • Eritrea (3)
  • Estonia (27)
  • Swaziland (2)
  • Finland (53)
  • France (273)
  • Germany (243)
  • Gabon (9)
  • Gambia (3)
  • Greece (46)
  • Guinea (14)
  • Guyana (4)
  • Hungary (56)
  • India (54)
  • Iran (90)
  • Indonesia (46)
  • Ireland (32)
  • Italy (139)
  • Jordan (5)
  • Kazakhstan (62)
  • Kenya (14)
  • Kuwait (35)
  • Lesotho (3)
  • Latvia (32)
  • Lebanon (7)
  • Lithuania (56)
  • Luxembourg (18)
  • Morocco (24)
  • Monaco (2)
  • Mongolia (75)
  • Montenegro (2)
  • Mozambique (3)
  • Myanmar (44)
  • Macedonia (4)
  • Namibia (3)
  • Netherlands (89)
  • Nepal (40)
  • Niger (3)
  • Nigeria (12)
  • North Korea (156)
  • Norway (28)
  • Oman (63)
  • Pakistan (19)
  • State of Palestine (9)
  • Peru (15)
  • Poland (193)
  • Portugal (9)
  • Qatar (99)
  • Romania (77)
  • Russia (243)
  • Rwanda (41)
  • Saudi Arabia (41)
  • Senegal (3)
  • Serbia (41)
  • Slovakia (14)
  • Slovenia (32)
  • Korea (172)
  • Spain (111)
  • Sri Lanka (73)
  • Sweden (72)
  • Switzerland (67)
  • Syria (15)
  • Tanzania (22)
  • Thailand (55)
  • Togo (3)
  • Tunisia (17)
  • Turkmenistan (4)
  • Turkey (20)
  • United Arab Emirates (27)
  • United States (172)
  • Uganda (5)
  • Uzbekistan (50)
  • Ukraine (87)
  • Uruguay (27)
  • Venezuela (84)
  • Vietnam (32)
  • Zambia (13)
  • Zimbabwe (28)

Calendar[edit]

 OC  Opening ceremony  ●  Event competitions  1  Gold medal events  CC  Closing ceremony
October 16th
Wed
17th
Thu
18th
Fri
19th
Sat
20th
Sun
21st
Mon
22nd
Tue
23rd
Wed
24th
Thu
25th
Fri
26th
Sat
27th
Sun
Events
Ceremonies OC CC N/A
Modern pentathlon pictogram.svg Aeronautical pentathlon 1 4 5
Archery pictogram.svg Archery 3 2 5
Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics 8 8 12 7 6 4 45
Badminton pictogram.svg Badminton 1 5 6
Basketball pictogram.svg Basketball 2 2
Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 5 10 15
Cycling (road) pictogram.svg Cycling 2 2 2 6
Diving pictogram.svg Diving 3 3 4 2 12
Equestrian pictogram.svg Equestrian 2 2
Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing 2 2 2 2 2 2 12
Football pictogram.svg Football 1 1 2
Golf pictogram.svg Golf 2 2 4
Judo pictogram.svg Judo 7 7 2 16
Lifesaving pictogram.svg Lifesaving 6 6 6 18
Modern pentathlon pictogram.svg Military pentathlon 4 2 6
Modern pentathlon pictogram.svg Modern pentathlon 2 2 1 5
Modern pentathlon pictogram.svg Naval pentathlon 4 2 6
Open water swimming pictogram.svg Open water swimming 2 2 1 5
Orienteering pictogram.svg Orienteering 2 2 4 8
Parachuting pictogram.svg Parachuting 1 2 6 5 4 18
Sailing pictogram.svg Sailing 2 2
Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting 1 2 7 3 2 4 6 25
Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming 9 8 9 9 7 42
Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis 1 1 2 2 6
Taekwondo pictogram.svg Taekwondo 4 4 4 4 16
Triathlon pictogram.svg Triathlon 5 5
Volleyball Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg Beach volleyball 2 4
Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg Indoor volleyball 1 1
Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 4 5 5 4 18
Daily medal events 22 29 36 42 51 46 37 40 13 316
Cumulative total 22 51 87 129 180 226 263 303 316
Archery pictogram.svg Para archery 1 2 3
Athletics pictogram.svg Para athletics 10 6 8 5 29
Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics 1 1 3 3 8
Tennis pictogram.svg Tennis 1 4 5
Triathlon pictogram.svg Senior triathlon 3 3
October 16th
Wed
17th
Thu
18th
Fri
19th
Sat
20th
Sun
21st
Mon
22nd
Tue
23rd
Wed
24th
Thu
25th
Fri
26th
Sat
27th
Sun
Events


Medal table[edit]

  *   Host nation (China)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 China (CHN)*1336442239
2 Russia (RUS)515357161
3 Brazil (BRA)21313688
4 France (FRA)13202457
5 Poland (POL)11153460
6 Germany (GER)10152045
7 North Korea (PRK)981532
8 Bahrain (BHR)91717
9 Uzbekistan (UZB)87520
10 Ukraine (UKR)5131533
11 Italy (ITA)4121228
12 Kazakhstan (KAZ)43512
13 Belarus (BLR)42814
14 Iran (IRI)42511
15 Switzerland (SUI)41813
16 South Korea (KOR)3101124
17 Norway (NOR)2428
 Slovenia (SLO)2428
19 Egypt (EGY)2259
20 Kenya (KEN)2125
 Morocco (MAR)2125
22 Turkey (TUR)2035
23 Romania (ROU)1438
24 Mongolia (MGL)1359
25 Hungary (HUN)1315
26 Czech Republic (CZE)1258
27 India (IND)1124
28 Belgium (BEL)1113
29 Latvia (LAT)1102
30 Lithuania (LTU)1012
31 Bulgaria (BUL)1001
 Namibia (NAM)1001
 Tunisia (TUN)1001
34 Finland (FIN)0426
35 United States (USA)0358
36 Austria (AUT)0314
37 Algeria (ALG)0257
38 Azerbaijan (AZE)0246
39 Dominican Republic (DOM)0235
40 Slovakia (SVK)0213
41 Qatar (QAT)0202
42 Thailand (THA)0156
43 Canada (CAN)0123
 Sri Lanka (SRI)0123
 Sweden (SWE)0123
46 Oman (OMA)0112
 Syria (SYR)0112
 Vietnam (VIE)0112
49 Denmark (DEN)0101
 Ecuador (ECU)0101
 Estonia (EST)0101
 Saudi Arabia (KSA)0101
 Tanzania (TAN)0101
54 Serbia (SRB)0033
55 Venezuela (VEN)0022
56 Albania (ALB)0011
 Armenia (ARM)0011
 Barbados (BAR)0011
 Greece (GRE)0011
 Indonesia (INA)0011
 Ireland (IRL)0011
 Kuwait (KUW)0011
 Luxembourg (LUX)0011
 Pakistan (PAK)0011
 Rwanda (RWA)0011
 Spain (ESP)0011
Totals (66 nations)3163163891021

Source:[40][41]

Note: Para Athletics, Para Archery, Gymnastics, Tennis and 3 Senior Triathlon events not counted in medal table.[a]

  1. ^ The United States won a gold medal in the women's senior division triathlon and a silver medal in the mixed senior team.[42] Since the two triathlon medals were awarded in the over 40 division, they were not counted in the official medal tally.[42]

Results[edit]

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