2019 Military World Games
|Host city||Wuhan, Hubei, China|
|Motto||Military Glory, World Peace (创军人荣耀 筑世界和平)|
|Events||316 events in 27 sports|
|Opening ceremony||18 October 2019|
|Closing ceremony||27 October 2019|
|Officially opened by||President Xi Jinping|
|Athlete's Oath||Yuan Xinyue|
|Judge's Oath||Wen Keming|
|Main venue||Wuhan Sports Center|
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. 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.
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. 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. The village was officially opened for the athletes following the flag-raising ceremony.
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. Around 230,000 volunteers were recruited for the event to be staged in China.
Wuhan Five Rings Sports Center
|Stadium||Athletics (Track and field)||30,000|
|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 Sports Center
|Stadium||Opening and closing ceremonies||58,000|
|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|
|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|
|Jiangxia District Liangzihu Lake Triathlon Venue||Triathlon||n/a|
|Jiangxia District Orienteering Venues:
|Orienteering, Aeronautical Pentathlon (Orienteering)||n/a|
|Wuhan City Polytechnic Gymnasium||Fencing||2,433|
|Athletes Village||Athletes Village||n/a|
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. An extravaganza titled "Torch of Peace" was performed during the opening ceremony highlighting the main motto of the event.
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. 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. Flag raising ceremony was also held on 16 October 2019.
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.
An online store and 21 franchised retail stores were newly opened in order to promote the sales of licensed items.
The competition involved 28 sports.
- Army Sports
- Main Sports
- Athletics ( ) (Athletics and Para Athletics) (45)+(29)
- Cycling ( ) (Road Cycling) (6)
- Shooting ( ) (25)
- Martial Arts
- Team Sports
- Other Sports
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.
Overall, 82 records were broken during the nine day multi-sport event.
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. 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.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, conspiracy theories about COVID-19 attributing the virus' creation to the CIA emerged. 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. 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. 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. U.S. intelligence reportedly shared information regarding the ongoing threat of "potential pandemic from Wuhan outbreak" in November 2019. 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".
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. However the All Russia Athletics Federation remained silent on the participation of Russian athletes.
List of participating nations
- 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)
|OC||Opening ceremony||●||Event competitions||1||Gold medal events||CC||Closing ceremony|
|Open water swimming||2||2||1||5|
|Daily medal events||22||29||36||42||51||46||37||40||13||316|
|7||North Korea (PRK)||9||8||15||32|
|16||South Korea (KOR)||3||10||11||24|
|26||Czech Republic (CZE)||1||2||5||8|
|35||United States (USA)||0||3||5||8|
|39||Dominican Republic (DOM)||0||2||3||5|
|Sri Lanka (SRI)||0||1||2||3|
|Saudi Arabia (KSA)||0||1||0||1|
|Totals (66 nations)||316||316||389||1021|
Note: Para Athletics, Para Archery, Gymnastics, Tennis and 3 Senior Triathlon events not counted in medal table.[a]
- Results book (Track & Field)
- Results book (Marathon)
- Swimming Results book
- Orienteering Results book
- Fencing Results book
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