Wushu lost to the sport of wrestling for inclusion at the 2020 Olympics, but now that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has introduced new reforms that will allow sports to be added as proposed by the host country – Wushu, and other sports have second chance. Wushu will take another shot at the 2020 Games and is banking on increased participation in Africa and the Americas.
According to The Jakarta Post Friday, International Wushu Federation (WUF) executive vice president Anthony Goh said, said, “we have to undertake another bidding process”, adding that the Chinese martial art, which features regularly in Asian multi-sports events like the Asian Games and the Southeast Asian Games, needed to expand its reach.
Goh said Wushu would feature at the All-African Games in August and at the 2019 Pan American Games, which caters for 41 countries and territories in north, central and south America. “We need to develop regions where Wushu is less developed. We have to feature more often in multi-international games, like the African Games and the Pan American Games”.
IOC Vice President John Coates said last month a decision on which sports had been shortlisted would come before the Games next year in Rio de Janeiro. He said, “I can’t tell you whether one, two, three, four, whatever number of events will be recommended”.
Baseball and softball are likely to be the first choice by Japan for the Games – these sports are extremely popular across the country and venues already exist. Other sports such as squash and snooker are also trying to gain inclusion.