Creditable showing by wushu team
A five-man Barbados team is back home after participating in the 11th Pan American Wushu Championships in Lubbock, Texas, USA, from August 12 to 14.
The wushu taichi squad comprised athletes Lemar Tull and Shakeem Mascoll, as well as delegates Rollins Alleyne and Gracie Newsam-Cadogan and coach Sylvan Mascoll.
Thirteen delegate countries from the 23-member federation in the Americas attended the congress while nine countries participated in the championships – Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and USA. 194 athletes participated in the championships in the wushu sports of taolu and sanda.
Wushu, the national sport of The People’s Republic of China, has developed into a global competitive sport which is practised and enjoyed by thousands of people worldwide due to its unique and exciting content. Sport wushu is categorized into two main areas, namely taolu (routines competition – empty hand or with an implement) and sanda (free-fighting competition).
Mascoll and Tull took part in the sanda section of the event. Mascoll competed in the junior male 75kg where he placed second to USA who took first place and Mexico, third. Tull fought in the adult male 70kg division. His match-up was a tough one as his first match was against the reigning Brazilian PAWF champion. The placements in this category were Brazil first, USA second and Barbados and Bermuda joint third. Barbados is now ranked 5th within the sanda standings.
The championship was generally well received and the camaraderie among the athletes was excellent.