12th Pan American Wushu Championships Opens With Excitement
The grand Opening Ceremony of the 12th Pan American Wushu Championships was held at Stadium Polideportivo Roberto Pando on the evening of November 2nd, 2018. This is the third time the Pan American Wushu Championships have returned to Argentina. The previous two editions were the 1st PAWC in 1996, and the 8th PAWC in 2010.
The pinnacle wushu event of the Americas gathers 280 athletes from 15 national/regional associations for three days of competition; these include Argentina, Brazil, Bermuda, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, USA and Uruguay. The host team of Argentina sent the biggest team with 67 athletes.
Mr. Anthony Goh, President of the Pan American Wushu Federation (PAWF), Dr. Carlos Alberto Marino, President of the Educational Committee of the Argentina Olympic Committee, Mr. Carlos Diaz, President of the Argentina Wushu Association, and members of the PAWF Executive Board attended the ceremony.
During his speech, Mr. Anthony Goh extended a warm welcome to all the teams participating, and expressed his sincere appreciation to the organizer the Argentina Wushu Association. He urged all athletes and judges to uphold the spirit of fair play, and remarked that he is looking forward to seeing many future world wushu stars from the American continents.
Following speeches the spectators greatly enjoyed a fantastic show presented by local Argentinian talent, which included the elegant and celebrated national tango dance, Argentine drummers, local troupes’ performances of lion dancing and dragon dancing, and a wonderful traditional wushu demonstration.
In these Championships, teams from the PAWF family have embraced the atmosphere of friendship and solidarity, celebrating wushu in the Americas. The competitions include taolu and sanda disciplines, and the age categories range from children to junior and adult groups.
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