Wushu competition climaxes in Dar

10Aug 2019
James Kandoya
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Wushu competition climaxes in Dar

WINNERS of the Tanzania Wushu Competition 2019, which has involved competitors from martial arts clubs from in and outside the country, will be announced at the climax of the competition slated for tomorrow in Dar es Salaam.

According to Chinese Embassy in Tanzania, which sponsored the event, the competition started at the National Indoor Stadium in the city yesterday and involved 220 participants.

The competition brought together 24 martial arts clubs. Foreign competitors have come from Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Nigeria.

The competition saw competitors battle it out in such events like Changquan (long boxing), Taijiquan (Taiji Boxing), Shaolinquan (Shaolin Boxing), Taiji sword, sword, knife, spear, cudgel fighting and Chinese boxing.

The event has been organized by Tanzania Wushu Association, in collaboration with the National Sport Council (NSC) of Tanzania, Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es Salaam and the University of Dodoma.

Having co-sponsored by the Chinese Embassy in the country, the competition is free for all and has two categories, namely elders and teenagers (adolescence), as noted by the organizers.

Director of Culture Development in the Ministry for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Habib Msami, will be the guest of honour in the closing ceremony, whereas Chinese Embassy in Tanzania will be represented by Cultural Director, Wei Gao.

The competition last year attracted 214 athletes from 24 martial arts clubs, with countries namely Zambia, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda also taking part in. It consisted of collective events, routine events and Sanda.

Contestants all contributed to a spectacular display of performances. The teenage group was the spotlight with its youngest member being only eight years old.

In the competition, the small players showed great momentum with standard moves.

During the competition, Salum, a representative of the Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es Salaam, won the gold medal in three events of training, long boxing and spear fighting, and was the highest scorer in the competition.

He said: “I like martial arts very much. I was young when I started practicing martial arts and so far I have been practicing for ten years. I will work even harder in the future.”

Mary was the only female player of the Zambia team. In the long boxing competition, she made powerful punches, and was able to couple hardness with softness, winning herself a bronze medal.

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