Russia’s first ever online wushu championship and competition takes place under the conditions of a global pandemic and self-isolation between 15 and 20 May 2020. The events have been organized by the Russian Wushu Federation with support from the Timchenko Foundation.
The competitions will be joined by 542 martial artists from 37 states of the Russian Federation. A total of 10 sport disciplines will be available.
Each entrant will send in a video of his performance, and then the judges will rate it using an interactive online programme. The final score, which is what will determine the result, will be assigned by the chief judge.
“I saw a bunch of A-list performances, and this is great because this means we promote motivation. If a martial artist has no opportunities to compete, he loses his motivation. This is one of the key aspects of the sport of wushu, which builds character and strong willpower”, said Gleb Muzrukov, president of the Russian Wushu Federation.
Competing in the events are members of the A-team of Russia’s national wushu team, many-time winners and medallists at world and European championships: Sandra Konstantinova, Tatiana Ivshina, Ivan Krasnobayev, Daria Gerasimova, Artyom Zagibalov and Artyom Altyshev.
This is a qualifying round for the European championship and competition, which will also take place online between 25 May and 5 June 2020.
21 May is also the date of an online competition for veterans (36 and older) in tai chi and wushu disciplines.