Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, October 3rd, October 3rd, International
Bach said in the video: "You inherit the long historical tradition of martial arts, and carry it forward in modern times, making martial arts a sport with real global appeal in the contemporary era. I express my sincere thanks to the global martial arts family With lofty respect, thank you for all your contributions to spread the Olympic values and spirit shared by all: excellence, friendship, respect and unity. You know how to embrace change and develop (martial arts) sports through continuous innovation , To give full play to the active role of (martial arts) in social life."
Bach said that with martial arts becoming an official event of the Dakar Youth Olympic Games in 2026, he believes that the IWUF will achieve even more brilliant achievements in the future.
The International Wushu Federation was established on October 3, 1990. Its purpose is to promote and develop martial arts in various forms throughout the world.
Gou Zhongwen, Chairman of the International Wushu Federation and Director of the General Administration of Sports of China, reviewed the 30-year development and achievements of the International Wushu Federation. He said: "After 30 years of hard work, martial arts has taken root and thrived around the world. The IWUF has developed into an international sports organization with 155 member associations on five continents. Wushu has successfully entered the Youth Olympic Games, the World University Games and the world. For comprehensive sports events such as sports games, the IWUF headquarters moved to the Olympic capital of Lausanne, Switzerland, and the international reputation and influence of martial arts continued to increase."
Over the past 30 years since its establishment, the IWUF has always been committed to developing martial arts into an Olympic event, a healthy lifestyle shared by people all over the world.
From the "Beijing 2008 Martial Arts Competition" and "Nanjing 2014 Martial Arts Competition" held during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, to now Wushu is listed as the official event of the 2026 Dakar Youth Olympic Games. Yu Zaiqing, vice chairman of the Olympic Committee and honorary chairman of the International Wushu Federation, counted the "close contact" between martial arts and the Olympics.
"We have witnessed the exciting historical moment of Wushu becoming the official event of the Olympic Games series." Yu Zaiqing said.
The series of celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the IWUF are based on the theme of "Celebrating the Birthday, Sharing Martial Arts, Sharing Health". Affected by the new crown epidemic, the series of celebrations in the cloud will be the main event. From September 15th to October 30th, The five event themes of Cloud Exhibition, Cloud Change of Avatar, Cloud Memories, Cloud Questions and Answers, and Cloud Blessings were launched successively.