IWUF President Yu Zaiqing's Response to Tokyo 2020 Announcement

President of the International Wushu Federation sent an open letter to respond to Tokyo 2020 announcement. You can read his letter bellow;

 

Dear members, Dear friends,

Last Monday the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee recommended baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing for inclusion as additional sports in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. While wushu did not make this final list, I am very proud that our sport was one of the eight finalists, shortlisted out of 26 sports. The selection indicates the recognition and acceptance that wushu is of great Olympic potential, a result of our collective efforts, for which I am most grateful. We gained much valuable insight from this process; and we will continue to strengthen our efforts towards Olympic inclusion and promoting our sport around the world. I remain optimistic that wushu may indeed be featured at the 2024 Olympic Games. The Beijing 2008 Wushu Tournament, Nanjing 2014 Youth Wushu Tournament, Nanjing Sports Lab and the Tokyo 2020 Shortlist are all milestones on our Olympic journey. I thank all our IWUF members who have worked so tirelessly to bring wushu to the attention of the world, and I look forward to greater collaboration as our journey continues.

YU Zaiqing