The Straits Times
Published on Oct 08, 2012

Young wushu fighters prove they have mettle

They're promising but need to hone skills and gain further exposure


After watching their seniors win a clutch of SEA Games and Asian Games medals over the years, Singapore's young wushu warriors have a lot to live up to.

But winning is already a habit for the country's new generation of Chinese martial arts exponents, who fought their way to unexpected success at the recent World Junior Championships in Macau.

Their haul from the biennial tournament: three golds, four silvers and three bronzes. This was Singapore's best return since the event started in 2006, a tally beaten only when the championships were held here in 2010. This year's event featured about 600 competitors from 40 nations.

Although superpowers China did not feature in the events that earned medals for Singapore, the future looks bright for the Republic's 11-member youth squad.