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Macau athletes can’t wait to get started at the world junior wushu championships.
Wushu in the spotlight in Macau

20 Sep 2012
Macau, China: The 4th World Junior Wushu Championships began in Macau on Thursday and will play a big part in the sport’s push for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games. The Chinese martial art is one of eight sports on an IOC shortlist under consideration for a place in the 2020 Olympics. One sport from the London 2012 programme will be dropped by the IOC and asked to fight alongside the eight for one place in 2020.

With wushu under the spotlight more than ever before, the world junior championships in Macau will give the IOC the opportunity to assess the potential and the appeal of the sport on an international stage.

Around 40 countries and regions have entered, including Brunei, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam from the OCA confederation.

The action began on Thursday at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion and will conclude on Sunday. There is a morning session (9am to noon) and an afternoon session (2pm to 6pm) each day. Speaking at the welcome banquet on Wednesday evening, Yu Zaiqing, President of the International Wushu Federation, said Macau was “ready to deliver an exceptional championship.”

He told the audience: “It has taken a lot of work by a lot of people to get to this point. I would also like to thank the volunteers for their commitment and dedication, and to the athletes I say you are role models for young people so stay true to your ideals.”

Mr Yu, of the IOC, thanked the Wushu General Association of Macau, Macau Sport Development Board, Macau Olympic Committee and the government of the Macau Special Administrative Region for their hard work in organising the event.

Also in attendance were Fernando Chui Sai On, Chief Executive of the Macau SAR government; Charles Lo, President of the Sports and Olympic Committee of Macau, China and Chairman of the OCA Media Committee; and Alex Vong Iao Lek, President of Macau Sport Development Board of the Macau SAR government.
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