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World Wushu Championship opens in Beijing
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08:48, November 12, 2007

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The 9th World Wushu Championships opened in Beijing on Sunday at Beijing Olympics Sports Center with a record entry of nearly 1,000 athletes from 89 countries and regions.

Liu Peng, president of Chinese Olympic Committee, declared open the 6-day tournament. Then, the magnificent Taijiquan (shadowboxing) performance acted by one thousand Chinese masters illuminated the spectacular opening ceremony with the theme "Wushu belongs to the world".

Li Lianjie (Jet Li), the well-known Hollywood Kung Fu star presented as the special guest and delivered a speech to the audiences, "I feel delighted that the Wushu Championship returns to our hometown and I hope in the rest of my lifetime I can spread the spirit of Wushu which includes humanity, peace, harmony and wisdom to every corner of the world."

Wushu, which derives from a wide variety of ancient Chinese martial arts, is composed of two disciplines: taolu (routines) and sanshou (fight).

In the 9th world championship, taolu covers 22 categories in which Taijiquan (shadow boxing) and Taijijian will adopt incidental music during the competitions for the first time. While sanshou comprises 18 categories which divided into men's 11 classes and women's 7 classes.

Source: Xinhua

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