2019 Military World Games

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]

2019 Military World Games
Wuhan Military World Games logo.png
Host cityWuhan, Hubei Province, 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 byGeneral Secretary and President Xi Jinping[1]
Athlete's OathYuan Xinyue
Judge's OathWen Keming
Main venueWuhan Sports Center
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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]


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


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]

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Wuhan Five Rings Sports CenterEdit

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


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

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Wuhan Sports CenterEdit

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


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 blockEdit

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 blockEdit

Venue Sport Capacity
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

Opening ceremonyEdit

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]


The emblem and mascot along with the website were unveiled on 24 November 2017 by Ministry of National Defense of China.[7]


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


The competition involved 28 sports.[21]

Demonstration 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.[22][23]

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


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]

After the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, conspiracy theories about COVID-19 attributing the virus' creation to the CIA emerged[27]. Some articles on popular sites in Chinese have accused American athletes participating in the Wuhan Military World Games to have deployed the virus. They claim 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 first known cluster of cases occurred.[28][29]

Participating nationsEdit

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.[30] However the All Russia Athletics Federation remained silent on the participation of Russian athletes.

List of participating nationsEdit

9,308 athletes from 110 countries participated in the games:[31][32]

List of nations that registered but did not participateEdit

30 countries registered but did not participate in the games:


 OC  Opening ceremony  ●  Event competitions  1  Gold medal events  CC  Closing ceremony
October 16th
Ceremonies OC CC N/A
  Aeronautical pentathlon 1 4 5
  Archery 3 2 5
  Athletics 8 8 12 7 6 4 45
  Badminton 1 5 6
  Basketball 2 2
  Boxing 5 10 15
  Cycling 2 2 2 6
  Diving 3 3 4 2 12
  Equestrian 2 2
  Fencing 2 2 2 2 2 2 12
  Football 1 1 2
  Golf 2 2 4
  Judo 7 7 2 16
  Lifesaving 6 6 6 18
  Military pentathlon 4 2 6
  Modern pentathlon 2 2 1 5
  Naval pentathlon 4 2 6
  Open water swimming 2 2 1 5
  Orienteering 2 2 4 8
  Parachuting 1 2 6 5 4 18
  Sailing 2 2
  Shooting 1 2 7 3 2 4 6 25
  Swimming 9 8 9 9 7 42
  Table tennis 1 1 2 2 6
  Taekwondo 4 4 4 4 16
  Triathlon 5 5
Volleyball   Beach volleyball 2 4
  Indoor volleyball 1 1
  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
  Para archery 1 2 3
  Para athletics 10 6 8 5 29
  Gymnastics 1 1 3 3 8
  Tennis 1 4 5
  Senior triathlon 3 3
October 16th

Medal tableEdit

  *   Host nation (China)

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


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.[35] The two triathlon medals were not counted in the CISM official medal tally for the games, since they were awarded in the over 40 division.[35]



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