Niu Yujie at the 2019 Military World Games XINHUA
After successfully hosting the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, China has once again caught the world’s attention by organizing another big sporting event – the 2019 Military World Games.
继成功举办2008年北京奥运会之后，中国举办了又一场体育盛事 —— 2019年世界军人运动会，再度引发全球关注。
Known as “the Olympics for military personnel”, the 10-day event, held in Wuhan, Hubei province, has seen record high participation, with 9,308 athletes from 109 countries signed up for the games this year.
Along with Olympic sports like swimming, soccer and basketball, the Military World Games also includes military-related events like naval pentathlon, aeronautical pentathlon, orienteering and parachuting.
The theme for this year’s games is “Military Glory, World Peace”. “War is thought of as the first thing for a military, but military men are also the first to be sacrificed in wars,” Colonel Dorah Mamby Koita, secretary general of the International Military Sports Council, told CGTN. “That’s why we have the policy for athletes across the world to get together and work for peace.”
Bearing this in mind, on Oct 18 the opening ceremony of the Games told stories of military characters and culture in a poetic way, interwoven into the context of Chinese civilization.
The ceremony showed Chinese military culture, its contribution to global military affairs and Chinese people’s pursuit of peace. For instance, it showed the Chinese character “Wu” could be split into two characters of “stop” and “axe”, which convey the traditional meaning of “military”, that is, “to stop the use of weapons and avoid war is truly military”, or “any effort and determination to stop wars should be appreciated”.
开幕式展现了中国的军事文化、中国对全球军队事务所做出的贡献以及中国人民对和平的追求。比如，开幕式将汉字“武”分成“止”、“戈”二字，传达了“军队”的传统含义 —— “止戈为武”、“和合之道”。
Yang Xiaoyang, general director of ceremonies at the Games, said it’s great to bring military athletes together for peace through sports. “The military’s duty is to maintain peace,” he told China Daily. “Only a strong military can protect people and only by protecting people can they safeguard the bottom line of defending peace.”