265 athletes vie for 70 gold medals at 10th Asian Junior Wushu Championships

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-18 16:35:09|Editor: xuxin
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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese junior Wushu team is expected to accumulate the most gold medals in this year's 10th Asian Junior Wushu Championship, an organising official told Xinhua on Sunday.

According to Firdaus Abdul Rahman, Chairman of the Organising Committee of the championships, the Chinese team will be the biggest winner this year as Wushu is originated from China. The biennial tournament is hosted this year for the first time in Brunei, which will officially kick off on August 19, and end on August 23, 2019.

"The championships is participated by 18 teams from 16 countries and regions, comprising of around 265 junior athletes," he said, adding that this is the first time the Wushu Federation of Brunei Darussalam is hosting the event, in close collaboration with the Brunei Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

"The host country, Brunei is represented by seven boys and six girls between age 7-16 years old," he said. "The Brunei team will be doing their best to beat their previous performances. The Brunei juniors collected only one gold in the 9th Asian Junior Wushu Championships held in South Korea."

The championships includes two disciplines: Taolu (forms) and Sanda (sparring), and there are more than 70 gold medals on offer.

In an interview during the training day, the team leader of the Chinese contingent, Liu Zhihua said the Chinese team comprises of 13 junior athletes for Taolu, and 11 for Sanda.

"We hope to do our best, and also to help promote Wushu in the world further," she said.