WFS to hold first ever on­line wushu c’ship

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This is a his­toric move for Sarawak wushu as WFS is run­ning the cham­pi­onship on­line for the first time

KUCHING: The Wushu Fed­er­a­tion of Sarawak (WFS) reached an­other mile­stone by tak­ing the ini­tia­tive to or­gan­ise an on­line wushu cham­pi­onship.

This is a his­toric move for Sarawak wushu de­vel­op­ment as WFS is run­ning the cham­pi­onship on­line for the first time in the state and coun­try.

The event - Sarawak On­line Video Wushu Cham­pi­onship

- is or­gan­ised by WFS af­fil­i­ate Jun Wei Bin­tulu Wushu Club, sanc­tioned by WFS and sup­ported by the Sarawak Sports Cor­po­ra­tion, Sarawak State Sports Coun­cil, Youth and Sports Depart­ment Sarawak and Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

“We are do­ing it all on­line and the or­gan­is­ing pro­ce­dures are all dif­fer­ent now and we have to adapt to a new style in do­ing the cham­pi­onship,” said or­gan­is­ing chair­man Jong Chin Wei.

All nor­mal train­ing and ac­tiv­i­ties for wushu in Sarawak have stopped due to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Con­trol Move­ment Or­der (CMO) and the Conditiona­l Move­ment Con­trol Or­der (CMCO) to con­tain the spread of the Covid19 pan­demic.

“This is not only a good ini­tia­tive to en­cour­age the ath­letes to re­main ac­tive by con­tin­u­ing to prac­tise at home to pre­pare for the on­line com­pe­ti­tion but also keep them oc­cu­pied dur­ing this chal­leng­ing time,” Jong said.

“The par­tic­i­pants need to do a video record­ing of their taolu per­for­mance and sub­mit to us on­line while the judg­ing will also be con­ducted via on­line from May 31 to June 6.

“Re­sults will be an­nounced on June 7 and posted to the ath­letes’ re­spec­tive coaches while the medals and cer­tifi­cates of par­tic­i­pa­tion will be mailed to their coaches,” he added.

“All the events/cat­e­gories to be com­peted are in­ter­na­tional com­pul­sory rou­tines which can be done at home or in the car porch or com­pound so there is no need to worry so much on the stan­dard venue.

“In fact, by do­ing the tour­na­ment on­line, we can do away with var­i­ous as­pects such as open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies, invit­ing the guests, meals and ac­com­mo­da­tion for par­tic­i­pants, judges and of­fi­cials and other ground work,” he pointed out.

Jong, who is also the pres­i­dent of Jun Wei Bin­tulu Wushu Club and MSNS Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence Miri coach, said on­line judg­ing was not a prob­lem be­cause he had used that sys­tem a few years ago in Miri com­pe­ti­tions.

The Sarawak On­line Video Wushu Cham­pi­onship is di­vided into four age cat­e­gories namely 6-9 Years Old, 10-12 Years Old, 13-15 Years Old and 16-21 Years Old.

Reg­is­tra­tion fee is RM50 per en­try and the clos­ing date is May 30.

“We are ex­pect­ing 200 par­tic­i­pants from WFS af­fil­i­ates, and clubs from Sabah and Labuan while the seven-mem­ber

We are do­ing it all on­line and the or­gan­is­ing pro­ce­dures are all dif­fer­ent now and we have to adapt to a new style in do­ing the cham­pi­onship. — Jong Chin Wei, or­gan­is­ing chair­man

judg­ing panel shall com­prise state and na­tional judges.

“I am hop­ing that this cham­pi­onship will help to re­vive the pas­sion in wushu among the ath­letes dur­ing this pe­riod where both ath­letes and coaches are af­fected.

“The coaches are fac­ing the big­gest chal­lenge be­cause their in­come is ad­versely af­fected due to the tem­po­rary clos­ing of train­ing cen­tres and stop­ping of co-cur­ricu­lum ac­tiv­i­ties in schools since March 18,” added Jong.

For more de­tails call Jong at 016-5764587 or visit https:// www.face­book.com/Jun-WeiBin­tulu-Wushu-Club.

JONg ChiN Wei

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