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Wushu needs to be standardized for popularity, said official
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08:51, November 19, 2007

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Wang Xiaolin, president of the Chinese Wushu Association (CWA), spoke highly of the rapid development of wushu here on Friday, saying that the simplification and standardization are necessary for the popularization of wushu in the future.

"China dominates wushu, but the competition between foreign and Chinese athletes is becoming more and more fierce," commented Wang, Secretary-General of the International Wushu Federation (IWUF) and President of the CWA amid the Wushu World Championships.

The 9th World Wushu Championships, being successfully held here from Nov. 11 to 17, has attracted a record entry of nearly 1000 athletes from 89 countries and regions.

After the 5-day taolu (routines) competition, fifteen countries and regions have been awarded the medals while eleven of them reaped the golds and twenty have been ranked in the top eight.

"I'm delighted to see such a situation because it means that wushu is becoming increasingly popular among the whole world," said Wang.

When asked about the popularization of wushu in the future, Wang said that the simplification and standardization are critical steps for wushu to achieve sustainable development in the world.

"We have made great progress in the standardization of the competition. For example, the computer-scoring system has been introduced for fairness of the game and three teams of judges arerequired to be responsible for technical quality, difficulty and athlete's level respectively."

"Besides, wushu needs to be simple as many foreign people finds it hard to learn. This is because wushu derives from a wide variety of ancient Chinese martial arts and the ethics of it is profound.

"However, we will try to simplify the procedure and scoring rules for its globalization in the future."

On wushu's possible entry into the Olympics, Wang pointed out that three steps were needed. First, the members of the IWUF (currently 120 countries and regions) should be enlarged. Second, wushu has to become the official programme of a few more major games, such as the African Games, Pan-American Games and so on. Third, television coverage should increase and more well-known commercial enterprises should support wushu events.

"We are confident that it will enter the Olympics one day but there's still a long way to go. However, it's not the whole thing as our aim is that Chinese wushu can be enjoyed around the world and help people become healthy," said Wang.

Toronto of Canada will host the 10th World Wushu Championships in 2009.

Source: Xinhua

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