Yu congrats Iran in New Year message for historical perfromance

IWUF President Yu New Year message to Executive Board member has indicated Iran great performance in Sands World Cup as a historical moment of the competitions. 

Dear Colleagues, dear Friends,

Happy New Year to all of you! I am deeply appreciated of all your support in the past year, which was essential for many successful and significant accomplishments we achieved in 2018.

As we close out this outstanding year in wushu, I am deeply gratified to look back on 2018’s many remarkable IWUF events and fresh innovations moving our sport ever forward. 
2018 was perhaps our busiest year ever! To begin with, wushu has now been successfully included in three new multi-sport events. The 3rd African Youth Games were held July 22-24, 2018 in Algiers, Algeria, featuring participating athletes from nine African countries. To complement this, wushu also debuted in the 1st Asian-Pacific Masters Games held in Penang, Malaysia September 8-16, 2018. From young to old, the message is clearly spreading that wushu has much to offer people of all ages and abilities around the world.
The 1st World University Championship, held in Macau from July 31 - August 6, became the third addition this year to the IWUF’s expanding multi-sport portfolio, following on the heels of last year’s wushu debut in the Universiade, both organized by FISU. This WUC event not only showcased stellar collegiate talent, but Macau also hosted a fruitful 35th IWUF Executive Board Meeting, held August 3, which voted on and passed several proposals to make technical and structural improvements to the Wushu Taolu Competition rules as part of a continued effort to modernize and standardize the sport of wushu. 
2018 truly flourished for our sport, with four IWUF signature events demonstrating the highest levels of global wushu competition. From July 11-15, 2018, the 7th World Junior Wushu Championships were held in Brasilia, Brazil, marking the first time this IWUF event has been held in South America. This historic milestone saw nearly 700 participants from 42 countries, and helped energize wushu in the entire Southern hemisphere; it shone a bright spotlight on young athletes from around the globe showing tremendous promise for wushu’s future.
The highly successful 3rd World Taijiquan Championships took place in Burgas, Bulgaria, with nearly 600 participants from 34 countries and regions, from September 25 - October 2, 2018. I believe that this compelling IWUF signature taijiquan event has now truly come into its own and established a unique identity that will continue to grow and help promote the sport worldwide.
The Sanda World Cup never fails to thrill spectators and bring wushu’s exciting discipline of sanda to a wider and wider audience. This year’s edition, the 9th Sanda World Cup, held in Hangzhou, China from October 27-28, 2018, saw our best warriors who qualified in the 14th World Wushu Championships in Kazan compete fiercely on the leitai. Sixty athletes from 22 countries and regions battled for this elite cup, and I congratulate Iran on placing first in the medal rankings for the first time in this event’s history. 
With energy, beauty and grace, the 2nd Taolu World Cup culminated our 2018 signature events, celebrating the elite level of wushu’s top taolu champions as 88 athletes from 21 countries met from November 17-18 in Yangon, Myanmar. These premier taolu stars, who also qualified for the TWC in the 14th World Wushu Championships in Kazan, confirmed our strong belief that the IWUF’s competition level is still steadily rising.
To end our 2018 competitions on a bright and celebratory note, I’m happy to see that the inaugural World Wing Chun Open Competition, held in Foshan, China from December 1-2, was a resounding success. With over 1000 participants from dozens of countries, we celebrated the worldwide Wing Chun community coming together for an exchange of kungfu, culture and friendship. This triumphant IWUF test event helped open the door for us to establish platforms in the future for tens of millions of traditional practitioners all around the world to promote their styles. 
Finally, 2018 was especially notable for IWUF’s launch of the first World Wushu Kungfu Day on August 11, which brought together thousands of members of our wushu-kungfu family on every continent with celebrations in clubs and schools, and lively public demonstrations. I consider the establishment of this annual event a distinct milestone for the IWUF, as we remain deeply committed to the ongoing development of the sport of wushu worldwide, and very keen on increasing the proactive engagement of our global wushu-kungfu community. Thanks to all of our members who participated in our first annual WWKD with such heartfelt enthusiasm, and I look forward to celebrating with you again on August 10 in 2019.
I believe that the sport of wushu is stronger than it has ever been. I am inspired by the strong connections our wushu family shares, and the common goals we are all working on as a global community that continue to bind us in our passion and dedication to the sport of wushu.
I very much look forward to seeing you this coming year at two exciting premier IWUF signature events in 2019 – the 8th World Kungfu Championships June 16-20 in Emeishan, China and the 15th World Wushu Championships October 19-23 in Shanghai, China. 

Until then, I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

 Yu Zaiqing

President,  IWUF