It was the first time that the teams had met in North Korea for 30 years, although the game was played out with no fans, no media and sadly no goals. The game in Pyongyang ended in a 0-0 draw. Speaking after returning to South Korea, captain and Tottenham star Son Heung-min said: 'To be honest, the game was so tough that I think we were very lucky already to be back with no one injured.'
BEIJING, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- The ongoing 7th Military World Games in China has provided a platform for friendly exchanges and mutual learning among military personnel of various countries, foreign officials and experts have said.
Viktor Baranets, a military observer for Russia's Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, has said the Games could bring soldiers closer, making an important contribution to the development and enhancement of mutual understanding and contacts between different countries.
Chinese President Xi Jinping officially opened the games Friday evening in Wuhan, the capital city of China's central Hubei Province.
Adhere Cavince, a Kenyan international relations expert with a focus on China-Africa relations also said the event shows that China does not seek to use its military power to harm, threaten, or coerce other nations to do its bidding in the international arena.
China is using the opportunity to promote innovative approaches to military cooperation, Cavince stressed, adding that military harmony and cooperation are an important component of safeguarding world stability, safety, peace and development gains.
Egypt sent the largest delegation in its history this year to participate in the Wuhan games.
China has been world-class in the preparation and organization of the games, which is very impressive, said Brigadier-general Hazim Ali Ibrahim, head of the sports sector of the Egyptian Armed Forces.
Noting that the Military World Games is an important platform for military sports and cultural exchanges, he said that Egypt is looking forward to enhancing friendship and cooperation through the Wuhan Military World Games.
The Military World Games is a multi-sport event for armed forces organized by the International Military Sports Council (CISM) since 1995. This year's games on Oct. 18-27 has attracted around 10,000 athletes from more than 100 countries.
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WUHAN, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Herve Piccirillo, the president of the International Military Sports Council (CISM), said here on Thursday that the 2019 Military World Games are poised to usher in a new era for military sport.
"This is a historic first in military sport because over 9,000 participants are gathering for 10 days in Wuhan to exchange and share common values," said Piccirillo, who spoke highly of the "organization and popular mobilization" work of Chinese authorities.
"With this event in China we will take a step forward because today there are 109 countries out of 140 CISM members that are present," he noted.
The 52-year-old Frenchman, who was elected CISM president in April this year, believes Wuhan will deliver not only an exceptional games but that the input of China will help attract even more countries to join the military games "family".
"The CISM motto is 'friendship through sport'. Obviously we would like to welcome countries that are not part of CISM, such as Australia and Britain, or other countries in Asia or Africa. But I think what is important is to create a platform for exchange so the dialogue is permanent," he said.
Aiming to ensure CISM sport program offer increasing opportunities for para-athletes, the 10-day competition in Wuhan, the first Games under Piccirillo's presidency, has dozens of para-athletes competing in events.
"In this uncertain world, there are more and more physical and psychological injuries. It was important to integrate sport as a tool to rebuilding and rehabilitation of military wounded," he said.
"We know nothing is impossible," Piccirillo said. "I'm confident the Games will be a huge success."
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The press conference of the 7th CISM Military World Games is held in Wuhan, Oct 15. [Photo/Xinhua]
By ZHANG YANGFEI in Beijing and ZHOU LIHUA in Wuhan
The opening ceremony of the 7th CISM Military World Games will take place this Friday on a high-tech holographic stage in Wuhan, Hubei province, to give the audience an immersive experience, the ceremony's director said on Tuesday.
The event will for the first time use large-scale projection technology, integrated with lighting effects and LED display technology, to showcase the vitality of Chinese culture, said Li Jun, director of the ceremony, at a news conference in Wuhan.
He added the ceremony will utilize a deep fusion of culture, technology and a large stage display.
The ceremony will begin at 8 pm Friday at Wuhan Sports Center Stadium and end at around 10:10 pm.
It will consist of three parts. The first, about one hour long, includes welcoming routines such as emblem displays, a parade of athletes and flags entering the stadium, flag-raising, guest speeches and opening comments by athlete and referee representatives.
The second part features a performance that lasts 50 minutes and the third includes a torch relay and the lighting of the flame, which will burn throughout the games.
A two-hour warmup show will be held before the ceremony at 4:30 pm and will have 23 shows featuring regional and ethnic performances.
Li said the opening ceremony will narrate stories of military characters and culture in a poetic way that are interwoven into the context of Chinese civilization.
It will demonstrate Chinese history, ancient Chinese military culture and its contribution to global military affairs. It will also reflect the traditional Chinese military ideology that "the essence of using force is to stop violence" and convey Chinese people's pursuit of peace since ancient times.
He added that the high-tech elements used in the ceremony will help visually expand the stage's limited space and present a multidimensional visual effect and a 360-degree panoramic view by interacting with moving images.
An opening ceremony rehearsal was held at the stadium on Monday. Li said many people shared their feelings after watching it on social media and called it "overwhelming".
The games, organized by the International Military Sports Council, include 329 events in 27 sports including a naval pentathlon, aeronautical pentathlon, shooting, swimming and basketball competitions.
Nearly 10,000 athletes from more than 100 countries are expected to compete at the games, which end on Oct 28.
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“And that was my message at the end of the game,” the Manchester United manager added. “‘Do you believe it now?’”
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Then we got the cinematic trailer for what will be known as Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 1, showing four new characters arriving at dawn on a brand new island, featuring a beach area and gloop-spewing power plant. At the close of the trailer, the battle bus arrives, filled with familiar superstars from the game’s previous seasons, including our own personal favourite, Cuddle Team Leader.
Jin Yongde (C), Xie Zhenxiang (L) and Yao Zhaonan of China salute during the awarding ceremony of the 25 meters military rapid fire pistol men's team event at the 7th International Military Sports Council (CISM) Military World Games in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, Oct. 19, 2019. China won tournament's first gold at 7th Military World Games from the event on Saturday. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)
WUHAN, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- 43-year-old sharpshooter Jin Yongde continued his gold run at the CISM Military World Games as he teamed up with Xie Zhenxiang and Yao Zhaonan to win the 25m rapid fire team event here on Saturday.
Less than 14 hours after attending the opening ceremony as one of the last seven torch bearers, Jin combined with Xie and Yao to score a total of 1,747 points to retain the gold medal that the Chinese team captured four years ago.
"I am very honored to be selected as a torch bearer. I have got some good results from the past Games and hopefully I can also do well this time," said Jin ahead of the event.
Jin, who won three gold medals at the 5th Military World Games in Rio de Janeiro, has become the deputy captain and coach of PLA Bayi shooting team, while he decided to take part in this Games on home soil as an athlete.
"As a Chinese soldier, it's a great opportunity to participate in a Military World Games at home, my teammates and I will try our best to win more medals for our country," he added.
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Thirteen games in, only an inferior goals-for column keeps Exeter City off the League Two summit. Having finished ninth in May, two places and one point below the hallowed dotted line following successive play-off final defeats at Wembley, they are well versed in fine margins. Like last season, they have made a barnstorming start – Exeter have lost one league game and are a point shy of where they were 12 months ago – but the aim is to go one step further under Matt Taylor this time around.
Depending on which way you look at it, they have either an experienced group sprinkled with homegrown talent or a youthful squad complemented by a series of senior professionals, including Aaron Martin, Lee Martin and Nicky Law, once of Southampton, Manchester United and Rangers respectively. Then there is Dean Moxey, whose career has come full circle having returned to his boyhood club two years ago, a player the highly-rated left wing-back Jack Sparkes grew up watching on the terraces with his dad. “As a little kid, you think: ‘This is where I want to be,’” says Sparkes, 19, who hails from Exmouth and spent last season on loan at Chippenham Town and Salisbury.
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Anyway, that’ll do from me. Much to chew over there. The Blades can glory in an excellent win; Arsenal will wonder where on earth they go from here. Thanks for your company and we’ll talk again soon!
Christian Widerin doesn’t mince his words:
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