AFTER four years, Ding Feng Wushu Academy finally got a brand new carpet worth RM80,000 for training purposes.
Its co-founder Jack Lim said they managed to raise the amount through events, public donations and members of the Penang Wushu, Lion and Dragon Dance Association and the state government.
He said the blue, 14m by 10m carpet comes with a sponge base that absorbs the impact and provides protection for students during training.
“The carpet was specially ordered from China and it also meets the standard set by the International Wushu Federation.
“We badly need to change the carpet as the old one was already more than 20 years old.
“We need a special carpet suitable for training.
“The sponge helps to protect the students from injury,” Lim said during a press conference at the academy in Anson Road.
Lim said the academy has between 800 and 1,000 students, and some of them were training for various competitions.
State Youth and Sports Committee chairman Soon Lip Chee, who was also present, said it was vital to upgrade facilities to help the wushu exponents excel in their disciplines.
“I know it is costly. I will try to help whenever possible but it is important for all academies and organisations to upgrade their facilities.
“Wushu exponents train for hours every day despite performing in competitions for only a few minutes.
“Those hours of training are very important. They need the best facilities.
“Parents will also feel encouraged to let their children take up sports if they see the sport facilities are in tip top condition.
“Security and safety, coupled with good facilities are important aspects in producing good athletes,” he said.
Also present at the event were Penang Wushu, Lion and Dragon Dance Association president Datuk H’ng Ban Choon and academy co-founder Vincent Khor.