The holy flame lighting and torch relay ceremony of the 7th CISM Military World Games was launched in Nanchang City, Jiangxi Province on the morning of August 1. As an important publicity and promotion activity of the 7th CISM Military World Games, the torch relay will be mainly carried out in military camps and in Wuhan, the host city.

The flame lighting ceremony took place in front of the revolutionary site in Nanchang August 1st Memorial Hall, the birthplace of the people's army. At about 7 a.m., escorted by honor guards, FANG Minglu, great-granddaughter of proletarian revolutionist and militarist FANG Zhimin, dressed in a long white dress, walked slowly towards the sculpture of revolutionary martyrs and saluted with her eyes. Then she held the fire rod to the silver concave mirror. About 10 seconds later, the fire rod was successfully ignited.

The launching ceremony of the torch relay was held at Bayi Square which is themed with Nanchang Uprising. In the presence of more than 1,500 soldiers and civilians, YANG Jian, Director of the Executive Commission of the 7th CISM Military World Games, lit the cauldron in front of the Nanchang August 1 Uprising Memorial Tower with the flame from the birthplace of the people's army. Mamby Koita, CISM Secretary General, lit the first torch. LIU Qi, Secretary of the Jiangxi Provincial Party Committee, took the torch from Mamby Koita and passed it to PENG Bo, the first torchbearer. In the meantime, 2019 peace doves flew into the air. Along the eight reliefs with the theme of the development and growth history of the people's army, the torch of the 7th CISM Military World Games was passed for 20 times in the Square.

The torchbearers for torch relay in Nanchang include QIU Eguo, an excellent grass-roots policeman with the honorary title of “Reform Pioneer”, ZOU Jinlian, the most beautiful crane-protection girl who has saved more than 400 migrant birds, XIAO Qun, a member of peacekeeping medical team awarded the UN peace medal, and HU Minhua, working on the front-line of fighting AIDS and awarded the international Nightingale medal. Most of them have served in the army with military exploit. WANG Zhizhi, Chief Coach of Bayi Men's Basketball Team and the last torchbearer, held the torch to the rostrum, pushing the atmosphere to the climax.

The torch for the 7th CISM Military World Games is named “Peace and Glory”. Its total length is 700mm, its weight is 780g, with the overall appearance of a triangle shape, and its top is composed of three closely adjoining flames. The theme for the torch relay is “Sharing Friendship and Promoting Peace” and the slogan is “Military Glory, World Peace”. The Organizing Committee has planned and organized the torch relay and implemented the idea of simple organization of the event according to the special requirements of grand celebration and burden alleviation on the basic level in this year. In order not to impact the army’s training for preparedness against war and the masses’ production and living to the highest extent, the Organizing Committee has repeatedly researched and optimized the scheme and strives to carry out the torch relay activities of green and frugal showing the features of military games in a solemn and simple way, with the space as small as possible and within a time as short as possible.

The 7th CISM Military World Games will be opened in Wuhan, Hubei on October 18, and nearly 10,000 soldiers from more than 100 countries will participate in the event. There will be such sports with military features as Military Pentathlon, Naval Pentathlon, Aeronautical Pentathlon and Parachuting, and some Olympic sports, including Football, Basketball and Swimming. PLA will participate in 26 major sports except Golf and now all the teams are training for the Games.

【By WU JIE】