MOSCOW, Aug. 1 (ChinaMil) -- The opening ceremony of the International Army Games 2016 was held in the Patriot Park of the Russian Armed Forces located in Kubinka, Moscow Region, on July 30, local time.
Over 3000 servicemen in 121 teams from 19 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America will participate in competitions of 23 events such as Tank Biathlon, Seaborne Assault and Aviadarts in the next 15 days.
Russian Defense Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu addressed the ceremony and announced the official opening of the Games.
The Tank Biathlon competition began at 12:30 among teams from Serbia, India, Russia and Kazakhstan. marking the start of the Games. The Chinese team, consisting of soldiers from a PLA Army brigade stationed in Xinjiang, is scheduled to compete in the Tank Biathlon on August 5.
China has formed a delegation of over 1000 servicemen to participate in 22 events. The Chinese delegation is the second largest following the delegation of Russia, the host country of the Games.
Competitions of the 23 events of International Army Games 2016 will take place at 19 training ranges in Russia's 15 states and Kazakhstan respectively. A "House of Friendship" is open to all the participants at the main competition venue for the first time to showcase traditional culture, customs and habits of the participating countries.