Athletes from 54 countries are expected in Bali from December 7-14, 2008, to participate in a world junior wushu event.
Wushu is a full-contact sport based on traditional Chinese martial arts. Established as a distinct sport in the People's Republic of China in 1949, the first world championships were held in 1991. Practiced in two distinct disciplines of taolu and sanshou, the former is comprised of gymnastic exercises employing aerial kicks while the latter is the full contact combat version of the sport.
The Bali junior championships will offer medals in 22 separate events and act as a prelude to further competition at the Southeast Asia Games in Laos in 2009 and the Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010.
Indonesia will field 8 sanshou and 11 taulo participants in the Bali tournament.
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