Piccirillo accepting interview from Chinese media
Col. Hervé Piccirillo, president of the International Military Sports Council, signed a symbolic letter in Wuhan on June 29 inviting the council's 138 member states to participate in the 7th Military World Games to be held in the city.
Piccirillo said that interested countries will confirm their intentions in October of this year. The number of participants will be revealed in January 2019 and the final list of attending athletes will come out in July 2019. Piccirillo predicts that next year's event will attract over 10,000 athletes from over 100 countries, making Wuhan the "Capital of Peace."
In addition, he said that the council will give full support by sharing logistical and organizational advice from previous games and by promoting the upcoming event through its members states' and its own media platforms.
The 7th Military World Games will be held in Wuhan from Oct. 8 to 27 next year. It will be one of the biggest and most influential high-level comprehensive international athletic competitions to be held in China after the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Most of the venues for the games have already been completed. Piccirillo said that Wuhan's preparation for the games was excellent. He was particularly impressed by the athletes' village, which can accommodate more than 10,000 athletes, making it the biggest in the history of the games.
Piccirillo was elected president of the International Military Sports Council at the council's 73rd assembly on April 21, 2018. This visit was his first time in Wuhan. As a French citizen, he said that he had known of Wuhan because of its cooperation with France in the past. He described Wuhan as a mixture of history and modernity, and he is looking forward to gaining a deeper understanding of the city.