IWUF President Yu Zaiqing Visits Shanghai in Advance of 2019 WWC to Lay Groundwork for Event
From November 20-23, IWUF President Yu Zaiqing attended a series of wushu activities in Shanghai and inspected the preparation of the 15th World Wushu Championships (15th WWC).
Shanghai, the host city of 15th WWC, received the IWUF flag launching official preparations for 2019
On the November 20th, in a visit to Shanghai Media & Entertainment Group (SMG), one of China's largest media and cultural conglomerates, President Yu Zaiqing discussed a number of wushu topics with the company's CEO Gao Yunfei, Vice President Wang Zhiping, and Director of the Oriental Broadcasting Center Sun Xiangtong. They discussed how to better promote wushu through multimedia channels and how to preserve the traditional culture of wushu in innovative ways.
Shanghai's 15th World Wushu Championships will offer great opportunities to promote wushu culture worldwide. The event will include the presentation of wushu cultural resources, display the IWUF's high-level international competition, and offer the public many wushu activities. Increasing public awareness of the WWC event will also promote wushu culture and Chinese cultural heritage on a more international stage.
On November 21, President Yu Zaiqing met with Xu Bing, Director General of Shanghai Administration of Sports, Zhao Guangsheng, Deputy Director General of Shanghai Administration of Sports, and Yan Hui, Director of Shanghai Wushu Institute and discussed how to popularize wushu as a sport for all in China.
Shanghai has historically been devoted to popularizing wushu as a sport for all through improving citizens' awareness and engagement of wushu. In 2017, the Shanghai Administration of Sports, together with SMG, hosted the successful Shanghai Wushu Festival which improved people's participation in the sport. The 15th WWC hosting in Shanghai will undoubtedly provide a golden opportunity to promote the sport of wushu further in the city itself, and beyond.
President Yu express his satisfaction with Shanghai's preparation work for the 15th WWC in 2019 and remarked on the good communication between the IWUF and the Shanghai LOC.
President Yu presented the award for the winner of best organization
Later that day, President Yu attended the 1st Chinese Wushu Soul (Wuhun) Ambassador Awarding Ceremony and presented the award for the winner of "best organization" to the Shanghai Chin Woo Athletic Federation. In an interview after the ceremony, President Yu said that such kind of activities play an important role in promoting the sport of wushu especially among youth.
On November 23, accompanied by Yan Hui, Director of Shanghai Wushu Institute and Wu Shun, Wushu Project Promoter of Shanghai Media Group, President Yu visited Jinyou Wuyue Club, a wushu club in Shanghai. "I hope that more and more wushu clubs like Jinyou Wuyue Club will participate in the preparation of 15th WWC in two years. The city's hosting of more influential wushu events and activities will create good conditions for the development of wushu in Shanghai."
The preparations for the 15th WWC have been launched, and Shanghai, as well as the global wushu community, is already looking forward to a stellar IWUF event in 2019.
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