Oct. 18 is the starting date of the one-year countdown to the opening of 7th CISM Military World Games (7th CWG). On Oct. 17, the Minsitry of National Defense held a press conference to brief on the progress of the event preparation, as well as the preparation of the Chinese military delegation to the Games.

According to the briefing, the preparatory work for the Games has made great achievements. As of now, among the 35 venues and facilities construction projects, 10 projects are basically ready for use, 19 new or upgraded projects are expected to be completed this year while the remaining 6 projects will be completed by the end of April next year.The Chinesemilitary delegation will be comprised of more than 400 athletes and will participate in all 26 events except golf.

The press conference was held in the press conference hall of the Ministry of National Defense in Beijing.Jia Shijiang, Director, Military Office of the Executive Commission, Department of Training Management of the Central Military Commission, and Deputy Director and Secretary General of the Executive Commission, and Chen Ruifeng, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Wuhan Municipal Committee,Deputy Mayor of Wuhan Municipal People's Government, and Deputy Director and Secretary General of the Executive Commission attended the briefing.The press conference was chaired by Ren Guoqiang, Deputy Director of the Department of Information and Spokesperson of the Ministry of National Defense.Nearly 50 central and local media from Hubei, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, as well as foreign media attended the press conference.

The CISM Military World Games is a large-scale and comprehensive sports event of the highest standard in the world sponsored by CISM. It is held every four years and is often known as the "CISM Military Olympic Games." On May 21, 2015, the 70th CISM General Assembly and Congress awarded China the right to host the 7th CWG in Wuhan.The Games will be held from October 18 to 27, 2019, which will have 25 competition sports, 2 demonstration sports and more than 300 events.It is expected that the Games will have more than 100 participating countries and nearly ten thousands participanting athletes.

The press conference introduced the first eight promo songs, a publicity film "We Are Together," and a cartoon film of "Bingbing," the mascot of the Games.

When briefing about the preparation of the Chinese military delegation, Jia Shijiang said that the Games would have 27 major sports. The local Chinese delegation looks forward to exchanging with all delegations in all events. As decided, the Chinese military delegation will have up to 400 participating athletes, and will compete in all of the major events except golf. This will be the largest Chinese military delegation that would have ever participated in the CISM Military World Games.

Chen Ruifeng’s briefing focused on the preparatory work of the Games. He said that, over the past three years, in adhering to the principle of having “a green, sharing, open and clean game," and in upholding “the Olympic standards, military spirit, and craftsmanship,” the Games organizers have vigorously advanced the venue construction. They have also comprehensively upgraded the environment, and systematically planned the organization of the events. Consequently, all the preparatory work has progressed smoothly.Wuhan will carefully study the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping's speech during his visit to Hubei and further review its work in order provide a new and stronger impetus for the great development of Wuhan.

At the press conference, the relevant military and civilian officials of the Games answered questions from media on why China undertook to host the Games, the goals and tasks of the Chinese military delegatiion, and on the work to promote urban environmental improvement, a “green” Games, the construction of the main media center, service and support of Athletes’ Village, and other issues.

At the end of the press conference, Ren Guoqiang once again extended invitations to all 138 member states to the event in China, saying that China would fullfil the CISM aim of "Sports for friendship" and would present a great sports event to the world as a contribution of China to the development of CISM and to building a common human destiny.

On the occasion of the one-year countdown to the Games, the Executive Commission organized a series of large-scale theme activities in an effort to promote greater public awareness of and participation in the Games.On the evening of Oct. 18, the Games one-year countdown theme evening "Meeting in Wuhan for Peace" will be held in Jiangtan, Hankou. On Oct.19, a comprehensive drill and oath-taking rally "Security Sprints for One-year Countdown” will be held in Wuhan, which will be participated by the public security forces.The Games will also organize a unique city challenge, where 10,000 athletes in camouflage uniforms will run across the three towns of the city.

The coming year will be key to the Games. The Executive Commission will speed up the construction of venues and facilities with international first-class standards and strict quality and safety controls to ensure the highest standards and efficiency of the construction, so as to lay a solid foundation for the success of the event.(Correspondent: WAN Jianhui)