A 10-member Philippine national martial arts team on Friday set
off to China for a series of pre-Olympic warm-up trainings.
The team, headed by 24th Southeast Asian Games gold medalist
Willie Wang, will see actions in Chinese cities of Beijing, Xi'an,
and Guangzhou, the Manila Times reported Friday.
The trip is part of the Philippine government's morale-boosting
efforts aimed at helping the country seize its first Olympic gold
in this summer, even though Wushu (martial arts) is not listed as a
formal competitive sport but only a show in Beijing Games.
"Wushu might only be a demonstration sport in Beijing but that
will not stop our boys and girls from winning our much sought-after
gold medal," the paper quoted Francis Chan, lifetime president of
Philippine Wushu Federation as saying.
(Xinhua News Agency January 11, 2008)