President Jokowi Opens 8th World Junior Wushu Championships 2022
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Monday (12/05) officially opened the 8th World Junior Wushu Championships 2022 at the Nusantara Hall of the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) BSD City, Banten province.
“I would like to welcome all Wushu delegates from 60 friendly countries, representing 5 continents, to Indonesia,” the President stated.
President Jokowi invited all athletes to compete in joy and in a sporting manner while showing their best abilities to win the medals.
“”Like the spirit of unity in diversity, this championships is not just a competition, this championships is a bridge of friendship to strengthen brotherhood among nations,” he said.
The President also expressed hope that the athletes can also use their time to get to know Indonesia more closely. “Indeed, your purpose is to compete, but I also hope that you can get to know Indonesia more closely,” he remarked.
On this occasion, President Jokowi received the highest honorary certificate in Wushu which was handed over directly by the General Chairperson of the International Wushu Federation Anthony Goh.
For the record, Indonesia is hosting the championships for second time after previously being held in Bali. This championships is the first post-pandemic Wushu competition attended by 870 athletes and officials from 62 countries.
Quoted from the kemenpora.go.id page, the championships is scheduled to be held on December 5-11, 2022. Indonesia sends 23 of the best athletes after a national selection. Of these, 12 of them (six male and six female athletes) will compete using taolu routines while the remaining athletes (eight male and three female athletes) will use sanda routines. (TGH/UN) (FI/HD)