Fun facts about the 7th Military World Games
Updated 18:20, 13-Oct-2019
Bu Yihan

There is less than one week to go until the start of the 7th Military World Games in Wuhan, the capital city of central China's Hubei Province. More than 8,000 participants from more than 100 countries and regions will compete in 329 events in 27 categories. Here is some background information on the top multi-sport spectacle for military personnel.

The emblem consists of a dove, a star, ribbons, and the number "7," and the mascot is called Bing Bing, the design of which is based on the Chinese sturgeon, a critically endangered fish known as the "panda of the water."

The triangle styled torch for the relay is named "Peace Glory" and weighs 780 grams with a length of 70 centimeters and represents "peace," "development" and "friendship." The designs of the emblem, mascot, and the torch all embody the slogan of these games, "military glory, world peace."

The official uniforms are designed with a textile pattern of "field hunting," which is a long-extinct ancient Chinese pattern dating back 2,000 years and believed to be an ancient symbol for the military. Designers from the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology also incorporated the slogan into the design. The uniforms will come in three different colors, with staff members wearing blue, technical officials sporting red, and volunteers in green tracksuits.

There are 20 ambassadors for the Games, ten of which are from the military. Table tennis world champion Fan Zhendong, badminton world champion Li Xuerui, and astronaut Chen Dong lead the military ambassadors, while broadcaster Han Qiaosheng and gymnastics world champion Yang Wei lead the ambassadors with no military backgrounds.