Five wushu play­ers in China

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Love­more Zi­gara in Gweru

FIVE wushu play­ers left Zim­babwe for a one and half month stint in the Lion Dance per­for­mances in China.

The team was picked af­ter ex­celling in qual­i­fy­ing stages that also fea­tured five other African coun­tries, DRC, Malawi, Nige­ria, Sey­chelles and South Africa.

Team Zim­babwe com­prises of Mun­yaradzi Arthur, Leonard Go­vere, Welling­ton Man­gena, Fanuel Rwodzi and Wayne Chimu­soro.

Zim­babwe Wushu As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Gil­bert Makowa said the qual­i­fi­ca­tion of Zim­babwe to rep­re­sent Africa shows that the coun­try is still one of the top coun­tries in mar­tial arts.

“We are ex­cited that we man­aged to make it past the pre­lim­i­nar­ies and the Chi­nese were im­pressed with the Zim­babwe team, hence our par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Lion Dance per­for­mances up to Septem­ber 28. They will not only be rep­re­sent­ing Zim­babwe, but the African con­ti­nent, which shows that we are a force to reckon with in mar­tial arts,” said Makowa.

Wushu is both an ex­hi­bi­tion and a full-con­tact sport de­rived from tra­di­tional Chi­nese mar­tial arts. It was de­vel­oped in China af­ter 1949 in an ef­fort to stan­dard­ise the prac­tice of tra­di­tional Chi­nese mar­tial arts.

The qual­i­fi­ca­tion of Zim­babwe fol­lows the visit of Chi­nese He­nan Art Troupe to Zim­babwe ear­lier this year.

The troupe per­formed at Cel­e­bra­tion Cen­tre in July dur­ing a show dubbed “Night of Chi­nese Kung Fu” as part of the He­nan Art Troupe’s Wu Shu Cul­tural Ex­change pro­gramme, cour­tesy of the Min­istry of Cul­ture of China in part­ner­ship with the Chi­nese Em­bassy in Zim­babwe.

In 2015, Zim­babwe took part in the sixth Zurkhaneh Sports World Cup where they came fourth out of 22 coun­tries.

Gadi­son Chig­wada was also ad­judged the best in the Chack Chi­mani mar­tial arts cat­e­gory, which is part of the Zurkhaneh mar­tial arts dis­ci­pline. — @ lavuzi­gara1

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