India's Praveen Kumar has emerged victorious in the Men's 48kg category after beating Filipino Russel Diaz in the final. The 22-year-old hailing from Kalanaur creates history for India as he becomes the country's first-ever Men's World Champion in Wushu by securing gold at the ongoing World Championships in Shanghai, China.
Praveen is the national champion and the 2016 Asian Wushu Championship Silver medalist. This was his first appearance at the World Championship.
In 2017, Pooja Kadian bagged India's first-ever gold medal at Wushu World Championships in Russia.
Meanwhile, Arjuna Awardee and three-time World Silver medalist, Yumnam Sanathoi Devi entered the finals for the record fourth time at the World Championship today and she will face Chinese Yueyao LI in the finals later today
Poonam won a silver medal in Women's 75kg category while Vikrant Baliyan confirmed bronze medal in the Championship as he defeated his rival from Georgia in the quarterfinals.
The World Wushu Championship (WWC) is the official world championship event that is organized by the International Wushu Federation. It was first held in 1991; the WWC takes place biennially and is the highest level of a competition conducted by the International Wushu Federation (IWUF) featuring the elite athletes in the sport. The World Wushu Championships features taolu and sanda competition for both men and women.
Wushu or Chinese Kungfu is a hard and soft and complete martial art. It is also a full-contact sport. It was first developed in 1949 in an attempt to standardize the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts. Wushu became an international sport through the IWUF.
Late Sri Anand Kacker brought the game in India in 1989. It instantly became popular all over the country. Wushu Association of India was officially established in the same year. India made it Wushu debut at the 2006 Asian Games.
"Media doesn't cover Wushu, which is a sad reality but these players deserve to be celebrated also. I wish government felicitate our players too like boxers and wrestlers", said former International player and coach of Indian Wushu Team 2015-2018, RAJVIR Singh, Assistant Commandant, CRPF.
India currently stands 10th in the Medal's table with one gold, one silver, and one bronze.