The wushu athletes who are currently competing at the Miri Sarawak 2013 Wushu Invited Championships. BT/ Syarif Rasani
Eighteen wushu athletes between the ages of six and 15 will be taking part at the Miri Sarawak 2013 Wushu Invited Championships today.
For the majority of the youngsters, it will be their first taste at competition at the regional level.
Brother's Md Sufi Shariyan Roslan (15) and Md Adi Sya'rani (14), however, are no strangers to high level competitions.
The duo recently returned empty handed from the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar.
Prior to the Games, they won silver during October's Islamic Solidarity Games in the duilian (duo sparring with broadsword and spear) and Md Sufi picked up bronze in the nangun (southern staff) event during August's 7th Asian Junior Wushu Championships.
The two-day tournament - scheduled to end on Monday - will be held at the Dewan Suarah Miri.
"The aim is to train our new athletes and give them the opportunity to gain more experience," said national coach Li Hui.
"We want them to (get used to) the feelings you get on the floor so they can eventually learn to control their emotions. Only after that will they be able to compete at their full potential.
"Our target for next year is the March 11-18 5th World Junior Wushu Championships in Antalya, Turkey," added Li.
The championships in Antalya will be used as a qualification system for the August 16-28 2nd Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
It will be the first showing for wushu in the youth Olympics as it was left out of the 2010 edition of the Games in Singapore.
The Miri Sarawak Wushu Championship will play host to participants from Brunei, Miri, Sarawak and Sibu.