Iran wushu team wins int’l peace and friendship champs

Iranian wushu team ranked first at the international peace and friendship championships held in Zahedan, the capital city of the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

The event was held with the attendance of 150 athletes from India, Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan, Head of Sistan-Baluchestan Province wushu committee Abbas Shibak told IRNA on Sunday night.

In both male and female categories, India and Afghanistan ranked second and third respectively, he said.

Wushu is a martial art and a full-contact sport. It was developed in China after 1949, in an effort to standardize the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts, although attempts to structure the various decentralized martial arts traditions date back earlier, when the Central Guoshu Institute was established at Nanking in 1928.