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Local wushu athletes at international virtual meet
Monday, November 1, 2021
Brunei Darussalam wushu athlete Basma Lachkar. PHOTO: WFBD

Six wushu athletes are representing the country in the ongoing International Wushu Federation’s (IWUF) Wushu Taolu Virtual Competition 2021 held virtually.

The athletes – Basma Lachkaar, Hosea Wong Zheng Yu, Lim Yee Sean, Li Ziyan, Walid Lachkar and Lim Wee Yuan – are joined by team leader and national coach Li Hui as well as Zhao Chunjie and Ang Lu Guan as coaches.

Eleven events are currently being contested namely changquan, nanquan, taijiquan, daoshu, gunshu, jianshu, qiangshu, taijijian, taijishan, nandao and nangun in three age groups. The quartet of Basma, Hosea, Lim Yee and Li will be taking part in the taijiquan and taijijian events while Walid and Lim Wee will be competing in the changquan and daoshu events.

The competition uses an app where an athlete can only submit onevideo recording of their performance. National coach Li Hui said, “The aim of joining the competition is to look at and motivate athletes to train harder and also to look at the result of the athlete’s online training so far.”

He added, “In addition, our participation served as preparation for several high-level wushu competitions next year.”

IWUF President Gou Zhongwen said, “Due to the pandemic, various events and activities of the IWUF in recent years have been postponed, which has had a certain impact on the training and life of the majority of athletes. However, we recognise that the difficulties are temporary, and we gather greater confidence and pass on hope in jointly coping with challenges.”

The president also acknowledged that the tournament provides a new platform for athletes from the five continents to communicate and improve.

Hosted by the International Wushu Federation, the wushu competition attracted nearly 1,000 wushu athletes from 61 countries and regions, making it the largest number of participants in an international competition focussing on taolu event.

This is also the first online wushu competition held by the IWUF and is expected to conclude on November 6.

Courtesy from Borneo Bulletin