BEIJING, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- The 9th World Wushu
Championships opened here on Sunday at Beijing Olympics Sports Center with a
record entry of nearly 1,000 athletes from 89 countries and regions.
Liu Peng, president of Chinese Olympic Committee, declared open the
6-day tournament. Then, the magnificent Taijiquan (shadowboxing) performance
acted by one thousand Chinese masters illuminated the spectacular opening
ceremony with the theme "Wushu belongs to the world".
Li Lianjie (Jet Li), the well-known Hollywood Kung Fu
star presented as the special guest and delivered a speech to the audiences, "I
feel delighted that the Wushu Championship returns to our hometown and I hope in
the rest of my lifetime I can spread the spirit of Wushu which includes
humanity, peace, harmony and wisdom to every corner of the world."
Wushu, which derives from a wide variety of ancient
Chinese martial arts, is composed of two disciplines: taolu (routines) and
In the 9th world championship, taolu covers 22
categories in which Taijiquan (shadow boxing) and Taijijian will adopt
incidental music during the competitions for the first time. While sanshou
comprises 18 categories which divided into men's 11 classes and women's 7