What the Universiade Means to Wushu
Adding the Universiade to IWUF’s family of events has a deeper and more implicit meaning for wushu athletes than merely having one more competition to win medals at. For many, university is a profound transition period in their wushu careers. Some may chose to focus more on their academics, and for them, the Universiade may be their last wushu competition – which makes it a meaningful, perhaps bittersweet, milestone and marker in their lives if they are retiring from the sport.
For others who will continue on in wushu, the Universiade offers a coming of age experience, a bridge to help take determined and dedicated athletes to the next level. For many, it’s also a bridge between the World Junior Wushu Championships and the World Wushu Championships as athletes transition from accomplished junior athletes to more polished adults on a world stage.
For IWUF this first Universiade wushu event is also deeply significant in making wushu a part of a global multi-sport games, and offering the opportunity to promote wushu to a broader audience.
After awarding the final sanda medals, Executive Vice President Anthony Goh remarked, “It is exciting to see that wushu is getting into another major multi-sport games, and it is special because we are reaching out to people that offer great potential. University students make up an elite part of society, and they will pursue diverse careers and travel many paths in the world. Wushu will help them to grow, and they in turn will help the sport grow into different segments of society. The Universiade offers our young athletes an opportunity to succeed in sport on a global level, and will also help maintain their competition career. This unique experience in one of the most respected universal games may likely even mold the person they will yet become.”
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