PETALING JAYA: Extraordinary times call for innovative measures.
The ongoing Covid-19 situation has forced the Malaysian Wushu Federation (MWF) to rethink strategies to keep the motivation going for the national team exponents.
MWF president Datuk Chong Kim Fatt (pic)said they have initiated a plan to work together with the Wushu Federation of Asia (WFA) to organise an online Asian level competition.
“One of the ways is to organise online wushu tournaments in order to keep the athletes active and on their toes, ” said Kim Fatt.
“We just can’t let the Covid-19 situation get the better of wushu and we have been exploring more ways to keep the sport alive.
“We have been talking with our counterparts in China on holding an online competition in Asia.
“We hope to get the member countries to enter their exponents.
“If all goes well, we hope to pull it off in March or April.
“Otherwise, there will be no competition for our athletes to look forward to until the Vietnam SEA Games at the end of the year, ” he said, adding that the state affiliates are also encouraged to start online wushu competitions.
“Some states like Kedah, Perlis, Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak and Negri Sembilan have started to hold small scale online competitions. It is better than doing nothing, ” he added.
The 2019 Philippines SEA Games in December was the last international competition for the national exponents before the Covid-19 pandemic spread to Malaysia.
At the Philippines Games, the team returned home with two golds, one silver and a bronze.