Tokyo2020 additional events: IWUF for interview yesterday

Tokyo2020 additional events: Eight sports, including baseball/softball, squash, karate, surfing, bowling, roller sports, sport climbing and Wushu, made presentations this week in hopes of being included in the program for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The organizers chose the eight sports from an original list of 26 that also included air sports, American football, bowling, bridge, chess, dance sport, floorball, flying disc, korfball, netball, orienteering, polo, racquetball, sumo, tug of war, underwater sports, waterski and wakeboard.

Chair of the Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Program Panel, Fujio Mitarai stated, “The interviews consisted of a presentation given by each of the international federations followed by a question and answer session. Each of the international federations gave compelling presentations detailing why they should be selected as an additional event on the 2020 Olympic program, and all the presentations were highly commendable.”

The Additional Event Program Panel will make their final recommendations to the IOC based on three key principles:
1) Making sure that the additional event(s) will be a driving force to promote the Olympic Movement and its values with a particular emphasis on youth appeal.
2) Making sure that the additional event(s) will add to the 2020 Games’ value by engaging new audiences worldwide and the Japanese population, while reflecting the vision of the Tokyo 2020 Games.
3) Ensuring that the selection procedure is a fair and open process.

By September 30, the decision on the events(s) will be proposed to the IOC by the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee. Then at the 129th IOC Session in August of 2016, the final decision will be made. Stay tuned!


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2015 Wushu U.S. National Team Trials

Congratulations to all of the athletes who competed at the U.S. Wushu Team Trials & Golden State Championships in San Jose, CA last weekend.

Special congratulations to Isabella Miller for earning a well-deserved spot on the U.S. National Wushu Team after months of hard work and dedication!

Make sure to visit this Sports Illustrated Photo Gallery  for an outstanding collection of pictures from the event.


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Wushu into shortlist for the 2020 Olympics

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TOKYO, June 23 (Xinhua) — Wushu has been included in a shortlist of sports seeking to join the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee Monday accepted eight of the 26 sports that sought to be added to the 2020 Games, including a joint bid from Baseball and Softball. The seven others were Bowling, Karate, Roller Sports, Sport Climbing, Squash, Surfing and Wushu.

After years of efforts to be added as an Olympic program, Wushu finally has another great chance. The International Wushu Federation IWUF states that Wushu’s entry into the Olympic Games integrates ancient and modern, East and West, and also deepens and enriches the Olympic culture.

Wushu’s entry will help enrich, promote, and develop the Olympic spirit. Wushu stresses the harmony between man and nature, man and society, and between human beings themselves, thus enriching the Olympic spirit. Wushu’s core values enhance the sport’s educational value to the younger generation and will have a positive effect on the Olympic Games. Wushu’s entrance into the Games will also stimulate the passion of some 100 million Wushu fans and practitioners worldwide for the Olympic Games, thus increasing the Games’ audience and ratings.

The inclusion of Wushu in the Olympic Games will promote strengthened participation from developing countries, making the Games more representative of our current world as a whole. Due to Wushu’s large number of practitioners and fans, its entrance into the Olympic Games will provide the IOC with a chance to capitalize on the sport’s popularity and huge potential market.

Here at East Bay Wushu, we’re looking forward to seeing Wushu at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games!


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