2008 Beijing Wushu Tournament
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Tournament information
DatesAugust 21–24, 2008
VenueOlympic Sports Center Gymnasium
Participants128 athletes, 43 countries

The 2008 Beijing Wushu Tournament (Chinese: 北京2008武术比赛; pinyin: Běijīng 2008 wǔshù bǐsài) was a wushu competition which was held from August 21 to 24, 2008 at the Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium in Beijing, China.[1] The tournament was organised by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG), the International Wushu Federation (IWUF), and the Chinese Wushu Association (CWA),[2] and was held in tandem with the 2008 Summer Olympics.[3]

The competition consisted of ten taolu events (5 male, 5 female), and five sanshou events (3 male, 2 female). The Chinese team dominated the competition with eight gold medals followed by Russia and Hong Kong which earned two gold medals each.[4]


Starting in the 1970s, the government of the People's Republic of China started to consider sport as a possible medium for friendly international exchange. One sport the PRC was very interested in developing was modern wushu. In 1982, the General Administration of Sport of China officially proclaimed that wushu practitioners had a duty 'to promote wushu to the world'[5][6] with the ultimate goal of wushu becoming an official event at the Olympic Games.

The International Wushu Federation (IWUF) was founded 1990 Asian Games, and over a decade later, it was fully recognised by the International Olympic Committee during the 113th IOC Congress at the 2002 Winter Olympics.[7] This development along with Beijing's successful bid in hosting the 2008 Olympics presented the opportunity for wushu to be included in the Games,[8] but as Jacques Rogge became the new president of the IOC in 2002, he announced the IOC's plans to reduce the number of the events at the Games.[9] This led to the creation of the Olympic Programme Commission which called for changes and reevaluations within the Olympic programme. Despite this, the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG), the IWUF, and the Chinese Wushu Association (CWA) began to lobby extensively for the official inclusion of wushu. Athletes and organisations argued that the inclusion of the sport would help culturally diversify the Games[10] and hoped that wushu would follow the same Olympic path as judo and taekwondo.[11]

In the August of 2002, the Olympic Programme Commission under Chairman Franco Carraro recommended to the IOC executive board that wushu should not be admitted to the 2008 Summer Olympics, and reasoned that it was not a sport of global appeal and that it would add no substantial value to the Games.[9][10] Shortly after this meeting though, the IOC reversed their decision and stated that the sport of wushu was once again under consideration.[12] In 2004, the Olympic Programme Commission introduced new evaluation criteria for Olympic sports to ensure the events would be fair and of high quality.[11] As a result, the IWUF switched to computerised scoring and the International Rules for Taolu Competition were significantly revised. Sanshou rules stayed relatively the same besides switching to computerised scoring.

In 2005, IOC President Rogge met with the IWUF President and IOC executive board member Yu Zaiqing at the Chinese Grand Prix[10] and announced that wushu will have no place in the Olympic Games in Beijing, not even as a demonstration sport.[13] After meeting again a few weeks later at the 2005 National Games of China, all parties involved came to a compromise. Despite the IOC's rule that no international or national sports competition is allowed in the Olympic host city during or one week before or after the Games and also despite the ban on demonstration events since the 1992 Summer Olympics, the IOC specifically permitted the IWUF to organise a wushu tournament alongside the Olympic Games due to wushu's place in traditional Chinese culture.[14] This collaboration was reaffirmed during a meeting at the 2006 World Traditional Wushu Championships, though the IOC did not specify if wushu had demonstration sport status, but referred to it as a 'representation sport.'[15][16]

Other than substituting the Olympic rings with the logo of the IWUF, all other elements (e.g. medal design, award presentation & ceremony, graphic elements and colours, volunteers of the tournament, etc.) were identical to the Olympics. Athletes were also allowed to stay in the athletes' village though were only allowed to arrive only a few days before the tournament.[17] The official BOCOG website also included the schedule, results, and profiles of the athletes.[18] Day two of the competition was broadcast on China Central Television (CCTV)[19] but other international channels provided live streaming for other days. The taolu and sanda events took place at the Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium, which was the site for the Handball competition at the 2008 Summer Olympics.


The Beijing Wushu Tournament borrowed the same combined-event format which was seen at wushu competitions such as the Asian Games, Southeast Asian Games, and the National Games of China. The events contested were:


Round Last round R Round of 16 ¼ Quarterfinals ½ Semifinals F Final
Event↓/Date → 21st








Men's changquan
Men's daoshu and gunshu
Men's jianshu and qiangshu
Men's nanquan and nangun
Men's taijiquan and taijijian
Men's sanda 56 kg R ¼ ½ F
Men's sanda 70 kg ¼ ½ F
Men's sanda 85 kg ¼ ½ F
Women's changquan
Women's daoshu and gunshu
Women's nanquan and nandao
Women's jianshu and qiangshu
Women's taijiquan and taijijian
Women's sanda 52 kg R ¼ ½ F
Women's sanda 60 kg ¼ ½ F


Main article: 2007 World Wushu Championships

128 athletes from 43 countries took part in the Beijing Wushu Tournament. National federations were not allowed to send more than eight taolu and sanshou athletes to the competition.[20] Since China was the hosting nation, any of its athletes which competed at the 2007 world championships would qualify. Unlike the IOC, the IWUF recognises the Macau Olympic Committee and athletes representing Macau were allowed to compete in the competition.


Besides the typical awarding of medals per each taolu event at the 2007 world championships, all athletes were ranked based on their combined scores from the proposed events at the Beijing Wushu Tournament (ie. daoshu and gunshu; jianshu and qiangshu; etc.).[21] All athletes which ranked within the top six of a combined category or changquan (as ranking was done based only on the singular event) qualified for the Beijing Wushu Tournament.[6] The IWUF then distributed 20 wild cards to various national federations to send more athletes. A national federation could enter only one athlete per each event and all athletes could compete in only one event.[22]

As Chinese athletes at the 2007 world championships would automatically qualify for the Beijing Wushu Tournament, all of them opted not to participate in their second events after winning gold medals in their first events.[21]


All sanshou athletes who placed in the top eight in the selected events for this competition (men's 56 kg, 70 kg or 80 kg; women's 52 kg or 60 kg) at the 2007 world championships qualified for the tournament. Vacancies due to illness, injury, or nonavailability were not filled, hence the unusual distribution of participants and rounds.[22]

Medal summary

Since the Beijing Wushu Tournament was not officially connected to the Olympic Games, medals earned were not added to the official Olympics medal tally.[4][23]

Medal table

  *   Host nation (Host nation (China))

1 China (CHN)*8008
2 Russia (RUS)2305
3 Hong Kong (HKG)2114
4 Macau (MAC)1315
5 Iran (IRI)1124
 Philippines (PHI)1124
7 Malaysia (MAS)0235
8 Vietnam (VIE)0134
9 Japan (JPN)0123
10 Chinese Taipei (TPE)0101
 Italy (ITA)0101
12 Egypt (EGY)0022
13 Brazil (BRA)0011
 Great Britain (GBR)0011
 Indonesia (INA)0011
 South Korea (KOR)0011
Totals (16 entries)15152050


Men's taolu

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Yuan Xiaochao
Semen Udelov
Ehsan Peighambari
Daoshu / Gunshu
Zhao Qingjian
Jia Rui
Cheng Chung Hang
 Hong Kong
Jianshu / Qiangshu
Liu Yang
 Hong Kong
Lim Yew Fai
Nguyễn Huy Thành
Nanquan / Nangun
Willy Wang
Peng Wei-Chua
 Chinese Taipei
Pui Fook Chien
Taijiquan / Taijijian
Wu Yanan
Hei Zhi Hong
 Hong Kong
Yoshihiro Shimoda

Men's sanshou

Event Gold Silver Bronze
56 kg
Zhang Shuaike
Nazir Shandulaev
Qin Zhi Jian
Benjie Rivera
70 kg
Cai Liang Chan
Murad Akhadov
Ahmad Ibrahim
Yoon Soon-Myung
 South Korea
85 kg
Muslim Salihov
Hossein Ojaghi
Emerson Almeida
Nicholas Evagorou
 United Kingdom

Women's taolu

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Daria Tarasova
Xi Cheng Qing
Susyana Tjhan
Daoshu / Gunshu
Geng Xiaoling
 Hong Kong
Jade Xu
Chai Fong Wei
Jianshu / Qiangshu
Ma Lingjuan
Han Jing
Nguyễn Mai Phương
Nanquan / Nandao
Lin Fan
Erika Kojima
Diana Bong Siong Lin
Taijiquan / Taijijian
Cui Wenjuan
Chai Fong Ying
Ai Miyaoka

Women's sanshou

Event Gold Silver Bronze
52 kg
Qin Lizi
Mary Jane Estimar
Nguyễn Thúy Ngân
Farzaneh Dehghani
60 kg
Zahra Karimi
Lương Thị Hoa
Walaa Abdelrazek
Mariane Mariano

Participating Nations

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