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Athletes' town stands by for military games

By ZHANG YANGFEI/LIU KUN | China Daily | Updated: 2019-10-10 07:10
This aerial photo taken on July 10, 2019, shows the Military World Games Village in Jiangxia district of Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Sports event's first such village will host guests from over 100 countries

The athletes' village for the 7th Military World Games will open on Friday in host city Wuhan, Hubei province, according to the village's administration committee on Wednesday.

It is the first time that an athletes' village has been constructed for the Military World Games, a sports event for military athletes that has been operated by the International Military Sports Council since it was first held in Rome in 1995.

Beginning Oct 15, the village is expected to welcome nearly 10,000 athletes and delegates from more than 100 countries before the games kick off on Oct 18.

It will hold daily welcoming ceremonies for delegations taking part in the games from Oct 15 to 17 at its national flag raising square.

The Chinese delegation will settle in the village on Friday.

The construction of the village started in March 2017 and was completed in April. It consists of four zones that provide residential apartments, public services, logistics and other operations including medical treatment and fitness, as well as space for administration committees and conferences.

The village also provides a 5G communication network and free Wi-Fi. Facial recognition cameras and advanced indoor robots will ensure the village's safety and prevent electrical hazards.

With an area of 56.5 hectares, the village is no more than an hour away from the city's 34 games venues.

About 150 people will work at the village's service center, helping delegations with coordination, information and other services during the games, the center's director, Li Jun, said at a news conference in Wuhan on Wednesday.

"Our responsibility is to provide comprehensive and high-quality services for the guests so that they can arrive smoothly, concentrate on the competition and enjoy themselves while staying in Wuhan," he said.

Xiao Zhiyong, the spokesman of the village's administration committee, said the design of the village took into account many special Chinese features.

The overall layout of the village is fan-shaped with five classical gardens featuring plum blossoms, orchids, bamboo, chrysanthemums and lotus.

The architecture also follows a traditional Hubei style, fitted with energy-saving and environmental friendly equipment such as permeable outdoor flooring that can help store rainwater, according to Xiao.

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