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SHANGHAI, Oct. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- Jacques Rogge,
President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said here on Sunday that
the martial art of wushu will not become an Olympic sport or an exhibition sport
in the 2008 Beijing Games.
"We are not introducing Wushu into the
Olympic program. It will not be an exhibition. Not at all," said Rogge, who
is on a visit of the Formula One race of the Chinese Grand Prix, his first time
to watch a F1 race.
But to comfort the Chinese organizers, who have been
trying hard in the past decade to persuade the IOC to accept wushu as an
official Olympic event, Rogge said that there will be an international wushu
competition organized by the Beijing Organizing Committee of the 2008 Olympic
At the same time, Rogge, who came to China early this
week to attend the opening ceremony of the 10th Chinese National Games held in
Nanjing about 300 kilometers away from here, pointed out that wushu will neither
be an exhibition event nor an Olympic sport.
"There will be no demonstration or exhibition sport
in the 2008Olympic Games," he told Xinhua.
When asked if there is any possibility for wushu to
become a medal event in future Olympic Games beyond 2012, Rogge said: "No one
can predict the future. I am not going to make long-term prediction on the
future. But today I can tell you that we have made decision about the 2012
Games. But after 2012, we have not made decision."
The IOC has capped the number of official events at