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Shanghai set to host 2019 World Wushu Championships

Shanghai is set to be awarded hosting rights for the 2019 World Wushu Championships after the Chinese city emerged as the only bidder for the event.

The International Wushu Federation (IWUF) confirmed that the Chinese Wushu Association (CWA) had submitted the bid on behalf of Shanghai by a deadline of the end of June.

Shanghai will make a presentation during the IWUF’s executive board meeting and the IWUF Congress in Kazan next month during this year’s World Championships in the Russian city.

The 2019 World Championships will mark the 15th edition of the event. China has hosted the competition twice before, with the capital of Beijing playing host in 1991 and 2007.

Jakarta in Indonesia staged the most recent edition of the event in 2015.

Wushu had been seeking a place at Tokyo’s 2020 summer Olympic Games. However, the sport, along with bowling and squash, failed to make the final shortlist of additional events selected by Tokyo 2020 in September 2015. Baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sports climbing and surfing were all selected ahead of wushu.