• PH sends 10-man team to World Junior Wushu meet

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    A 10-man Philippine team will compete in the 6th World Junior Wushu Championships (WJWC) slated on September 25 to October 3 in Burgas, Bulgaria.

    2014 World Junior meet silver medalist Faith Liana Andaya will lead the Filipino squad’s campaign in the biennial meet.

    “We want our athletes to perform well there. We are aiming for these kids to bring a medal,” said Wushu Federation of the Philippines secretary-general Julian Camacho in an interview with The Manila Times on Thursday.

    Camacho added that they are sending a team composed of veterans and new comers.

    Besides Andaya, the other Philippine athletes seeing action in the tournament are Asian Championships bronze medalist Agatha Wong, Johnzenth Gajo, Joel Casem, Zion Daraliay, Kimberly Macuha, Sandrex Gainsay, Mark Lester Ragay, Aleca Breana Dumseng and Adolf Aldovino.

    The tournament features both taolu (form), with three age divisions, and sanda (sparring) for both male and female competitors.

    The Philippine team will be accompanied by team manager Ellen Ang with coaching staff Jingwei Ma, Hao Zhang and Jessie Aligaga.

    Camacho is hoping to surpass the Philippines’ two silver and one bronze medal output during the 2014 edition of the meet held in Turkey.

    The WJWC is the official world championship for junior wushu athletes held by the International Wushu Federation.

    JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID

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