Wushu moves closer to Olympic inclusion

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    WUSHU inches closer to the Olympic Games by making its debut in the Youth Olympic Games in Dakar, Senegal on Oct. 22 to Nov. 9, 2022.

    Events on tap in Dakar include Changquan (men and women) and Taijiquan (men and women) with 48 athletes set to see action.

    Changquan is a routine emphasizing fully extended kicks and striking techniques, and by appearance would be considered a long-range fighting system, while Taijiquan or taichichuan employs flowing rhythmic, deliberate movements with carefully prescribed stances and positions.

    Wushu Federation Philippines secretary-general Julian Camacho said, “It is a very welcome development though it is not enough consolation for the failure of wushu to be included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics wherein it was one of the contenders as additional sport.

    “It would be a big test for our juniors who had harvested three gold medals in the World Junior Wushu Championships since the launch of the same in 2010,” Camacho, Philippine Olympic Committee treasurer and Wushu Federation of Asia Vice President, added.
    Age eligibility in the YOG is from 15 to 18.

    The International Olympic Committee Executive Board earlier approved as additional sports in the 2022 YOG five other youth-focused sports: breakdancing, karate, surfing, sport climbing and skateboarding. Of these five, only karate will be absent in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

    The Dakar YOG is the first Olympic event to be held in Africa. IWUF has 39 national federations in Africa out of 155 worldwide.