Home>News Center>China

Wushu to be part of Beijing Olympic Games
By Lei Lei (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-10-14 05:51

NANJING: Wushu competitors at the 10th National Games yesterday had more than a medal to look forward to the martial arts genre will for the first time be included in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) sprung the pleasant surprise on wushu aficionados who had been pushing for the sport to be made an official event.

Wushu to be part of Beijing Olympic Games
Chinese President Hu Jintao (right) shakes hands with IOC President Jacques Rogge in Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu Province October 12, 2005. [Xinhua]

"There will be a wushu competition during the Olympic Games. It's not going to be one of the official 28 sports but we will organize with BOCOG (the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad) a wushu competition," said Rogge at the opening ceremony of the Sixth Art Exhibition of Sports in China in Nanjing yesterday morning.

When Beijing won the right to host the 2008 Games, proponents wanted wushu, one of the traditional sports in China to be listed as an Olympic sport for the home Games. The IOC turned down the proposal but kept the door open for it to be a representation sport.

But Rogge did not clarify if wushu will be regarded as a demonstration sport like taekwondo and tennis, which were earlier demonstration sports and have now become official events at Olympic Games.

While medals will be awarded for demonstration sports, they will not count towards the official tally of nations.

In 2002, the IOC decided to cap the number of Olympic sports at 28.

(China Daily 10/14/2005 page1)

Wolfowitz in Northwest China
Military drill for upcoming China-ASEAN expo
Touchdown drill in main landing field
  Today's Top News     Top China News

Another 'normal' day in space for Shenzhou VI



China, US fail to break impasse in textile talks



At least 85 killed in attacks in Russia



Snow asks China to open finance industry



Jealous man shoots students; injures 16



Lethal bird flu hits Turkey; Europe on alert


  China, Japan hold third round of talks
  Safety, comfort priority for designer
  Rocket man at end of 'Long March'
  Aging population takes to courts
  Lion attack victim 'critical but stable'
  On site mediation ordered
  Go to Another Section  
  Story Tools  
  News Talk  
  It is time to prepare for Beijing - 2008