15th World Wushu Championships Logo and Mascot Announced
The 15th World Wushu Championships (WWC) will be held in Shanghai in October of 2019, and preparations are busily underway. The worldwide launch ceremony of the Championships' logo and mascot was recently held at the Minhang Stadium in Shanghai, China on November 23.
IOC Vice President and IWUF President Yu Zaiqing, Shanghai Vice Mayor and 15th WWC Preparatory Committee Director Chen Qun, IWUF Executive Vice President Anthony Goh, President of the Chinese Wushu Association, and IWUF Secretary General Zhang Qiuping, 15th WWC Deputy Director and Shanghai Municipal Government Deputy Secretary General, Zong Ming, Shanghai Municipal Sports Bureau Director and 15th WWC Preparatory Committee Deputy Director, Xu Bin, Shanghai Radio and Television Director and Shanghai Culture, Radio, Film and Television Group President Gao Yunfei, Minhang District Mayor Ni Yaoming and other leaders attended the conference.
A Worldwide Premiere of the Logo and Mascot: Elevating Wushu
On September 6, 2018, a design competition for the 15th World Wushu Championships' logo and mascot was officially announced. By the deadline on September 30 two weeks later, 227 total submissions both from within China and abroad were received, with 139 logo submissions and 88 for the mascot. The entries showcased a wide range of features and demonstrated a high quality of artistic abilities. Participants' pedigrees ranged widely, from teachers and students at well-known Chinese design schools to professional designers from Japan and India. There were even entries from young wushu enthusiasts who submitted hand-drawn illustrations with crayons and colored pencils -- in their gentle brushstrokes and rich imagination, their understanding of wushu and their best wishes for the 15th WWC were clear. The youngest contributor was only 5 years old! After much deliberation and a final vote by the expert jury of the 15th WWC Preparatory Committee, one winner for the logo and one for the mascot design were selected out of 7 logo and 5 mascot finalists.
WWC gives the first Chinese character in the word "Shanghai" an inspired twist, using artistic elements to bring forth a clear feeling of a dynamic wushu athlete while resembling the shape of the character (