TALLINN, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Estonian-Chinese Open Friendship Championships in Wushu Kungfu opened here on Saturday to dedicate to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
Co-organized by the Estonian Sports and Traditional Wushu Federation and the Chinese Embassy in Estonia, the event was aimed to promote Wushu and healthy way of life, as well as select athletes, attracting around 110 athletes from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Spain to compete in different category groups based on Taolu and Tuishou.
Delivering the opening speech, Priit Korve, President of Estonian Sports and Traditional Wushu Federation, welcomed the athletes to come to the Estonian capital, wishing them a success and the judges fair judgment.
Tallinn City Mayor Mihhail Kolvart also extended his warm welcome to the athletes and judges, noting that Wushu or martial arts is not only a sport, but also a way of life and will of masters.
Chinese Ambassador to Estonia Li Chao said, "Originating in China, Wushu belongs to the world and attracts people from many countries. As the treasure of the Chinese traditional culture, Wushu also serves as the bridge of cultural exchanges between China and other countries to enhance mutual understanding and friendship."
Dragon and lion dancing, Wushu performance and song singing, as well as the masterclass performance training with the audience won a loud applause at the opening ceremony of the two-day competition.