“Malaysian wushu fans can look forward to some exciting and interesting performances,’’ said Desmond, who was the organising chairman of the World Youth Wushu championships in 2006.
The World Youth Wushu championships was held in Kuala Lumpur and exponents from 42 countries took part in the event.
Desmond said the experience gained during the 2006 championships had given them an insight into the logistics involved in organising a major event.
The championships, 12th in the series, has three disciplines — Taolu (routine), Sanshou (combat) and Duilian (dual event).
Malaysia have named a contingent of 19 to 14 exponents and five officials.
The officials are Datuk Garry Chua Kah Seng (chef-de-mission), Koo Beng Koon (team manager), Yoong Thong Foong and Luo Hao (Taolu coaches) and Khoo Meng Yang (Sanda coach).
The exponents are Lee Yang, Loh Jack Chang, Ho Mun Hua, Ng Say Yoke, Yeap Wai Kin, Ng Shin Yii, Diana Bong Siong Lin, Tai Cheau Xuen, Chai Fong Wei, Phoon Eyin, Tan Jia Guan, Muhammad Meeraj Omar, Lee Wei Loong and Tang Pei Pin.
Desmond said the Malaysian team was well prepared for the championships.
“They had attended a 45-day training stint in Foochow, China. The training in China was intense and we are convinced that our exponents will be able to match their rivals.
“The National Sports Council (NSC) has also been supportive of our preparations. We are confident of getting a good medal haul in the championships,’’ said Desmond.
Malaysia’s best medal haul was in 2005. In the championships, held in Vietnam, Malaysia won four gold medals. But this year, armed with the intensive training. Desmond said they had reasons to look ahead to the championships with optimism.
“We have home ground advantage. We are also expecting the local fans to come in full force. We are looking at collecting more than four gold medals,’’ he added.
The championships has also gained support from Malaysia Major Events, a division of the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Tourism and Culture Ministry, Youth and Sports Ministry and NSC.
Meanwhile, former Wushu Federation of Malaysia president Datuk Seri Kee Yong Wee has been appointed as a vice-president of the International Wushu Federation (IWUF). He took over the post vacated by the late Tun Lim Keng Yaik.
Yong Wee said he would be representing Asia in the IWUF and hoped to play a prominent role in the development of wushu.
“The IWUF was based in China for 22 years. Now they had shifted the headquarters to Lausanne, Switzerland and have eight full-time staff. The time has come for IWUF to administer according to international standard. We will be working towards get wushu into the Olympics,’’ said Yong Wee.
IWUF president Yu Zaiqing, a vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has succeed in making wushu an event in the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China next year.
“He was also instrumental in the organisation of an international wushu championships during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. He is passionately attached to wushu,’’ said Yong Wee.
During the World Wushu championships, in Kuala Lumpur, the IWUF will also have a meeting on the setting up of a Anti-Doping Commission.
Yong Wee said he had proposed Tan Sri Dr M. Jegathesan to head the commission. “I have also spoken to Jegathesan and he has agreed. A decision will be made during the championships,’’ he said.
*Sumber Dari The Star