Wushu at the Olympic Games

Wushu is a Chinese martial art. It was one of eight sports being considered for a single spot in the 2020 Olympics. In May 2013 the IOC decided to drop wushu from the shortlist. Another vote to add a sport onto the 2020 Tokyo Olympic program in June 2015 found wushu short listed with another 7 sports, but again it was droppped from the list.

Previously the IOC allowed China to organize an international wushu event during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. This event was not a demonstration event or one of the official Olympic sports - it was called the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Wushu Tournament.

Some people consider that the chance of Wushu making the Olympics is limited as there are already a few combat sports / martial arts on the program.

What is Wushu?

Wushu is both an exhibition and full-contact sport, derived from traditional Chinese martial arts. Wushu competitions are generally divided into two disciplines- taolu (forms) and sanda (sparring). More about Wushu.

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