KUCHING: Wushu Association of Sarawak (WAS) will host the Sarawak Wushu Championship at Kuching Civic Centre on December 9 and 10.
WAS secretary James Ting said yesterday the championship was in line with Sarawak State Sports Council’s objective to select exponents for the 13th Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Melaka next year.
“We will be hosting a welcoming dinner at the same venue on December 8 and our president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing will be in attendance,” added Ting, the organising chairman.
The state’s elite wushu exponents will perform at the function.
A local band, The Revivals, will provide the entertainment.
According to Ting, also WAS (8 Duan) and state chief coach, the championship is an annual event aimed at spotting and grooming new blood to represent the state.
“It’s part of a long-term development programme to ensure continuity in producing good exponents. We don’t want to face any shortage of talents, especially for Sukma 2012 in Perlis and Sukma 2014 in Sarawak,” he said.
“We have already made long-term preparations for these two Sukma to remain the wushu powerhouse in the country.
” Presently, 19 elite exponents are training under China coach Huang Shao-Xiong in addition to those training at centres of excellence and centres of development in the state under coaches appointed by Sarawak State Sports Council.
According to Ting, to be a qualified wushu coach, one must obtain certification from Wushu Federation of Malaysia.
He will be conducting an upgrading programme, organised by WAS and Miri Wushu Association in Miri at the end of the month.
“Since WAS started conducting the upgrading programme two years ago, 632 students from Sibu and Kuching have passed their exams and been upgraded,” he said.
He disclosed that Wushu Federation of Malaysia recently implemented the wushu syllabus and upgrading programme to complement the inclusion of wushu by Education Department as a sport in National Schools Sports Council.