The International Army Games 2020 concluded on Saturday in Moscow, Russia, with the Chinese team achieving great results.
The closing ceremony was held at the Patriot Park Saturday evening. Those present at the ceremony included Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu, who announced the end of the Army Games.
Held in Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan from Aug. 23 to Sept. 5, this year’s Army Games saw more than 5,000 participants from over 30 countries and regions competing in 30 categories. Five countries of them, including Afghanistan and Qatar, took part in this event for the first time.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has sent over 260 soldiers in six teams this year to participate in the Army Games. They competed in six competitions, namely “Tank Biathlon,” “Safe Environment,” “Masters of Armored Vehicles,” “Army Scout Masters,” “Open Water” and “Airborne Platoon.”
Despite the unfamiliar fields, the Chinese contestants won four individual events, took the second place in four team events and ranked third in two other team editions.
“With the courageous work and joint efforts of the participating troops, the Chinese team has shown its strength, built its image and shared friendship. They also demonstrated the new look of our military in the practice of strengthening the armed forces through reform, and won the sincere praise and admiration of the host country Russia as well as all the other participating countries,” said Zhao Pengzhang, team leader of the competition command group of the Chinese team.
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