More than 100 nations and 10,000 participants took part in the 2019 Military World Games that wrapped up October 27 in Wuhan, China.
The United States sent 17 teams with over 280 athletes and staff to the games.
The goal of the military games is “to create friendly relations between members of the Armed Forces,” according to the International Military Sports Council, the international body founded in France that organizes the games.
Here are some highlights from the competition.
U.S. Army Capt. Alexander Driscoll of the U.S. Armed Forces Men’s Cycling Team rides in the center of a peloton on the shores of East Lake during the men’s cycling road race of the 2019 CISM Military World Games in Wuhan, China Oct. 21, 2019. More than 100 teams are competing in 32 sports in the for the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (Council of International Military.) (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)
In track and field, U.S. Air Force 2nd Lieutenant Michelle Spires takes part in the high jump competition (left) while U.S. Army Sergeant Marcus Maxey runs in the 110-meter hurdles competition.
A South Korea defender leaps in front of 2nd Lt. Kaitlyn Cook of the U.S. Women’s Armed Forces Soccer Team during the 2019 CISM Military World Games in Wuhan, China Oct. 19, 2019. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)
The U.S. Defense Department says the games “promote peace by uniting service members from nations around the globe through sports.”