Wushu, or the Chinese Kungfu is a hard and the most complete form of martial arts. It was developed in China in 1949 in an effort to standardize the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts. As a result of many changing sociological factors within China, both traditional styles and modern Wushu approaches are being promoted by the International Wushu Federation. The two primary categories being Taolu (routines) and Sanda (free fighting).
Wushu initially came into being at the 1990 Asian Games which were held in Beijing, China. In the next seven editions until the 2014 Incheon Games, China has been the best nation in everyone of them.
The Wushu event in the 2018 Asian Games will be held between 19th to the 23rd of August. It will be held at Jakarta International Expo, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Participating nations at the 2018 Asian Games Wushu
China, Japan, Indonesia, Chinese Taipei, Myanmar, Laos, Iran, Malaysia, South Korea, Macau, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Hong Kong, Philippines, India, Kazakhstan, Singapore and Pakistan will go neck to neck in this year's edition. They will fight for the 45 medals that are up for grabs.
Favorites to look out for
Certainly, there is a favorite when it comes down to this event. China had been dominating the Wushu event ever since it came into being. It has bagged a total of 65 medals in the Asian games out of which 53 are gold.
The others include Iran, South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Macau, Vietnam, Philippines and Japan. But it will be tough to compete with China in this event.
Indian continent at the Asian Games 2018:
Quite frankly, India has the most complete team to compete in this Games when compared to the previous ones. The team consists of 13 members comprising of ten men and three women.
The men’s category includes Santhosh Kumar, Surya Singh, Narender Grewal, Pardeep Kumar, Mayanglam Singh, Anjul Namdeo, Mayanglambam Suraj Singh, Chirag Sharma, Sajan Lamba, and Mayanglambam Meitei.
The women's category comprise of Sanathoi Yumnam, Roshibing Naorem, and Sanatombi Leimapokpam. Let's see how the team fares in this games.
India's hopes in the games:
There is a great sense of optimism that is prevailing in the country regarding this particular event. India has fielded a strong lineup consisting of Narender Grewal and Pardeep Kumar who have bought Laurence in a no. of international Championships. India will look to add to the 1 silver and 2 bronze in Wushu in the Asian Games.