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Saturday December 1, 2012

Big plans for wushu meet

Sporting lot: Wushu exponents posing with Martin (fifth from right), Zaiqing (sixth from left), Zolkeples (fourth from right) and
guests at the signing ceremony. Sporting lot: Wushu exponents posing with Martin (fifth from right), Zaiqing (sixth from left), Zolkeples (fourth from right) and guests at the signing ceremony.

The Wushu Federation of Malaysia (WFM) is keen to organise the 12th World Wushu Championships on a grand scale.

A signing ceremony, between WFM and the International Wushu Federation (IWUF), giving WFM the hosting rights was held in Kuala Lumpur recently.

WFM was represented by its president Martin Lim while IWUF president Yu Zaiqing, a International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, represented the world body. National Sports Council (NSC) director general Datuk Zolkeples Embong and WFM former president Datuk Sri Kee Yong Wee were also present.

Martin said they were expecting about 1,300 participants from 85 countries for the championships at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium in Cheras from Oct 28 to Nov 6 next year.

“We want to make the championships an exciting and entertaining event. The participants should feel happy and go back to their respective countries with fond memories.

“Malaysia has been given a big responsibility as the championship preludes the voting for the 2020 Olympics.

“Wushu is one of the eight sports shortlisted for the single available slot. The others are squash, karate, baseball, softball, walkeboard, sport climbing and roller sports,’’ said Martin.

As the host nation, WFM will be working closely with the NSC in the preparation of Malaysian team for the championships.

Martin said NSC had been supportive in the training and development programmes.

“We have also been successful in international competitions. In the last world championships in Ankara, Turkey, we won one gold, two silver and four bronze medals. Of course, we are keen to do better in Malaysia,’’ said Martin.

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