The opening ceremony of the 15th World Wushu Championships thrilled a packed audience at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China last night with dazzling wushu spectacle and a special appearance from Jet Li. This event is the largest World Wushu Championships to date, with 102 countries and regions represented.
First came the march in of the flag of the IWUF, and then flags of participating countries and regions of the 15th WWC, and then the national anthem of China.
Ying Yong, the Mayor of Shanghai, welcomed guests to the event and the city of Shanghai. Yu Zaiqing, Vice President of the International Olympic Committee and Honorary President of the International Wushu Federation gave a speech and talked about the fame of Shanghai as a renowned wushu center of culture, and Gou Zhongwen, the new IWUF President, Minister of Sports of China and President of the Chinese Olympic Committee, also welcomed guests to Shanghai and to the 15th World Wushu Championships.
The oath was given by the representatives to the athletes and judges, and the official opening announcement was made by Li Qiang, Secretary of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee.
The audience was then treated to a lavish multimedia wushu performance, topped by the appearance of Jet Li, who spoke movingly of the deep values of wushu.
Stay tuned for more news from the 15th WWC!