10 athletes to compete in World Wushu Championships in Bulgaria

MANILA — Ten of the country’s best wushu athletes will compete in the 6th World Junior Wushu Championships scheduled on Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 in Burgas, Bulgaria.

Leading the Philippine campaign are world champion Faith Liana Andaya and Asian champion Agatha Wong.

Andaya was a silver medal winner in the 2014 edition of the tournament in Antalya, Turkey, while Wong was a gold medalist in the 7th Asian Junior Wushu Championship in Manila three years ago.

Johnzenth Gajo, Joel Casem, Kimberly Macuha, Sandrex Gainsay, Mark Lester Ragay, Aleca Dumseng, and Adolf Aldovino are also joining the tournament to be held at Mladost, one of the largest sports hall in the city of Burgas.

Two-time World Cup titlist Jessie Aligaga and Chinese Ma Jingwei and Hao Zhang will serve as coaches of the Filipino athletes.

Wushu Federation Philippines (WFP) secretary general Julian Camacho said in an interview with Sports Radio that the Bulgaria-bound athletes, who are 18 years and below, are hoping to improve the Philippines’ medal haul of two silvers and one bronze in Turkey.

The WFP will also send a team to the 8th Sanda World Cup slated for Nov. 1-6 in Xian, China.

The team will be spearheaded by Divine Wally, who earned the right to compete in the World Cup after winning the gold medal in the 13th World Wushu Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia last year. She was a silver medalist in the 7th Asian Junior Championships and the SEA Games in Myanmar in 2013. Jean Malanum/PNA-northboundasia.com