Golden Feat in Texas
The Philippines wrapped up its spectacular run in the 16th World Wushu Championships held at the Forth Worth Convention Center in Texas, USA. Mark Lester Ragay, Mark Anthony, and Vincent Ventura seized the spotlight, clinching a gold medal in the men’s Taolu Duilian event on Monday.
A Medal Harvest
Adding to the glory, the Philippines secured four silver medals in various categories. Agatha Wong showcased her prowess in the women’s Taolu-Taijiquan event, while Jenifer Kilapo, Arnel Roa Mandal, and Clemente Tabugara Jr. contributed to the silver medal count in the women’s Sanda 48kg, men’s Sanda 52kg, and men’s Sanda 65kg, respectively.
Russel Diaz also bagged a bronze in the men’s Sanda 48kg, propelling the Philippines to a commendable seventh position overall.
Regional Powerhouses Dominate
As the dust settled, China emerged as the undisputed leader, topping the medal table with an impressive haul of 15 golds. Vietnam secured the second spot with five golds, three silvers, and three bronzes. Notably, Macau claimed the third position, boasting five golds, two silvers, and four bronzes, followed closely by Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia.
Julian Camacho’s Reelection and the Road Ahead
Julian Camacho, the secretary-general of the Wushu Federation of the Philippines (WFP), celebrated a personal victory as he was reelected to the International Wushu Federation (IWUF) executive board for the term 2023 to 2027. Camacho, a former WFP president, holds key roles in the IWUF ethics and supervisory committees.
A Grand Hosting Opportunity
In a groundbreaking announcement, the Philippines earned the privilege to host the World Wushu Championships in 2027. This marks a historic moment as the country gears up to welcome over 1,000 athletes from at least 80 nations.
The Philippines, making its hosting debut, is gearing up to showcase its organizational prowess and passion for the sport on the global stage.