• PH wushu bets brace for two international tilts

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    The Wushu Federation of the Philippines (WFP) is revving up for five major international this year including the World Championship in March and the Asian Games in September.

    As part of buildup, WFP President Tan She Ling said some members of the national team would undergo intensive training in China under world-class coaches and trainers.

    “We have to prepare our athletes for big competitions this year and China is the best place to train when it comes to wushu,” said Tan.

    The World Championship is scheduled on March 11 to 18 in Antalya, Turkey while the 2014 Asian Games will be on September 19 to October 4 in Incheon, South Korea. Other tournaments are the Youth Olympic Games in August in Nanjing, China, the 6th World Traditional Championship in October in China, and the 1st World Taijiquan Championship in November also in China.

    The WFP has retained Chinese coaches Ma Qing and Tong Qinghai who will supervise the training of the national senior and junior teams.

    In 2013, Benjie Rivera grabbed the country’s lone gold medal in the 12th World Wushu Championship held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia while junior athletes Agatha Chrystenzen Wong, Noel Alabata, Vanessa Jo Chan, Alieson Ken Omengan and Johnzenth Gajo pocketed one gold each in the 7th Asian Junior Wushu Championship held in Manila.

    The team also delivered three gold medals courtesy of Daniel Parantac, Dembert Arcita and Jessie Aligaga in the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.

    “Our next target is winning gold medals in the Asian Games and other world-class tournaments. We’re happy with our showing last year but we should not be satisfied because I believe we could win more medals,” said Tan.

    In the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Mark Eddiva won the lone medal of wushu—a bronze—in the men’s sanshou 65-kg. event.

    “We have a strong lineup. We just need to support them in their training and give them proper exposure,” ended Tan.

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