The 7th Asian Junior Wushu Championship unfurls on August 6 at the Makati Coliseum featuring the region’s best practitioners from 18 countries.
“We transferred the event at the Makati Coliseum because Ninoy Aquino Stadium is undergoing facelifting,” said Wushu Federation of the Philippine secretary general Julian Camacho.
Competing aside from the Philippines are Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyztan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Chinese Taipei.
Camacho said China, Nepal, Cambodia, India, Turkmenistan and 2013 Southeast Asian Games host Myanmar have also confirmed participation in the week-long competition under the aegis of Wushu Federation of the Philippines headed by Tan She Ling and sanctioned by Asian Wushu Federation.
At stake in the tournament supported by Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Olympic Committee are taolu and sanda men and women.
Seventy nine men and 71 women are seeing in taolu and 51 men and 19 women in sanda.
The number is expected to increase as some of the countries have not yet submitted their entries.
“We are still awaiting their entries. We hope, they will submit the names of their athletes this month,” said association secretary general Julian Camacho.
“We will field our best athletes because we want to win more medals and please our countrymen,” noted Camacho also treasurer of Philippine Olympic Committee.
Camacho said the association is working work to ensure the success of the competition hosted by the country for the first time. (Clyde Mariano)