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Wushu Delegation Makes Passionate Presentation to Tokyo 2020
Aug 11, 2015
Wushu Delegation Makes Passionate Presentation to Tokyo 2020
The International Federations (IF) of the eight sports hoping for inclusion into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic schedule through the Additional Event Program presented their bids on August 7th and 8th. The hopeful sporting codes shortlisted include baseball/softball, bowling, karate, roller sports, sports climbing, squash, surfing and wushu.
Over the two days in beautiful Tokyo the respective IFs were each put through two gruelling sessions. The first gave the delegates 15 minutes to present their bids in a  manner of their choosing, followed by 30 minutes of questions from the Additional Event Program Panel. Day two saw the IFs return for another 50 minutes of questioning, allowing for thorough interview and ensuring each sport meets Olympic standards.

Led by the President of the International Wushu Federation (IWUF) & Vice President of the International Olympic Committee Mr. Yu Zaiqing, the Wushu Delegation included the Vice President of IWUF Mr. Anthony Goh, Vice Secretary General Mr. Chen Chong, Mr. Byron Jacobs of the Technical Committee, the World Champion and  Russia national team member Ms. Daria Tarasova, the president of Japan Wushu Taijiquan Federation Mr. Kyuhei Muraoka as well as the Secretary General Yasuhiko Ishihara. The presentation of Wushu Delegation started with a mesmerising video clip whereafter each of the members made their statements respectively. ?Both the  presentation and question sessions ended very successfully and we feel very positive about our efforts in Tokyo,? observed Mr. Goh.

?Wushu is a popular sport in Japan with 1.5 million practitioners. The Japan Wushu Taijiquan Federation is a well established organization that has produced many top  medalists in our World Championships in the last two decades. A Japanese audience has both sophistication and knowledge to appreciate wushu at the Olympic level.  Our sport, popularized for many decades by kungfu movies around the globe, is also extremely appealing to today?s youth with its high energy, fast action, and dazzling  weaponry. This young generation has made wushu a popular topic on social media, which will greatly help promote the sport, and the 2020 Games, to an even wider audience.? President Yu said.

Wushu?s entrance into the Olympic Games will ignite the passion of millions of wushu fans worldwide, and provide the IOC a chance to capitalize on the sport?s global  popularity and huge potential market. Wushu?s core principles offer ethical value to young viewers and athletes, engendering a strong sense of fair play, health and friendship in line with the mission of the Olympic Spirit.  The deeply connected international community and striking visual components of wushu also make it an active topic on social media and new media platforms, largely shared by younger athletes and fans, creating Olympic exposure to new generations.

The decision on the event(s) to be proposed will be delivered by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee to the IOC by the end of September 2015, and the final decision will be made at the 129th IOC Session in Rio of Brazil in August 2016.