- The 7th edition of World Military Games kicked off in Wuang, China.
- India has sent a contingent of 54 participants who belong to the 3 wings of the Indian Armed Forces.
- India were the hosts of the 2007 edition, which was their first time participating at the event. India won 6 medals in the 2015 edition which were held in South Korea.
The Indian contingent will begin their campaign with boxing at the 7th CISM World Military Games which are being held in Wuhan, China. A total of 54 participants were selected from the three divisions of the Indian Armed Forces and will be taking part in several events at the military games.
India hosted the World Military Games in 2007 which was the 4th edition of the event, in which 101 countries took part in.
What are the World Military Games?
Founded on February 18th 1948, The International Military Sports Council is the 2nd largest multi-sport disciplinary organisation after the International Olympic Committee. The council organises numerous sporting events for the armed forces of its member countries. Established with the aim of promoting sports activities and physical education between armed forces, it aims to bring together soldiers who may have previously faced each other in battlefields in order to promote world peace.
The games are played every 4 years, and in 2019 China will be the hosts of the prestigious event for the very first time.
India at the World Military Games
Since the establishment of the game, India has been a part of the event only three times. Beginning in 2007 when they hosted the games in Hyderabad. Then in 2011 and in the previous edition which was held in South Korea where India ended up winning 6 medals.
For the 2019 edition, India has sent a contingent of 54 participants who will be taking part across 9 sporting events which are; Archery, boxing, diving, modern pentathlon, shooting, track and field, gymnastics and tennis.
The first event India will take part in is boxing. Sandeep Kumar will face Uzbek fighter Rasulov Jakhongir in the light welter category. In the men’s super heavy category (91 kg+) Satish Kumar will face off against Brazilian pugilist Nascimento Cosme.
We wish the Indian contingent the very best of luck. Jai Hind!!