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How close is Wushu to becoming an Olympic event? Does it have a chance for London in 2012?
Well "Someone Angry" here is something for you to think about. Arguably the most popular ALL TIME Olympic event is Figure Skating! That pretty much ends your argument, doesn't it?
Figure skating was ALWAYS popular. And following the 1994 "Tabloid, Ice Drama" between Nancy Kerrigan and Tanya Harding, MILLIONS of viewers world wide that never cared about the Olympics before, now actually tune in to the Olympics THANKS TO FIGURE SKATING! The figure skating world itself exploded with world wide, mass popularity and never looked back. No other Olympic event "with the possible exeption of boxing" has achieved figure skating's mass "Pop Culture Appeal" especially after the 1994 Kerrigan/ Harding, "Soap Opera on Ice".
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Well Wushu can't be apart of the London 2012 Games as the final Olympic program was capped at 26 sports.
Next bet would be the 2016 Summer Games (when they will go back to 28 sports) and I'm afraid very remote as Wushu did not make the short list of 7 sports with an 8th sport to be voted on in 2009 for 2 spots. Other problem is Karate made the list another martial arts (not to mention the Olympics have Judo and Taekwondo.
Sports to be voted on for 2016- Baseball, Golf, Karate, Squash, Softball, Roller Sports and Rugby Sevens.
I have a strong feeling Rugby 7's will be one of the sports.
What does that leave for the 8th spot Dance Sports aka Ball Room Dancing, Bowling, Billiards, Cricket, TUG-WAR, Racquet Ball , Wushu and a few others that meet the criteria.
Wushu wanted to be a demonstration sport for Beijing 2008 this was rejected by the IOC and instead it will be a tournament seperate from the Olympics.Source(s): http://www.iwuf.org/admin_01.asp?id=387
- charlesLv 61 decade ago
Chinese NOC was planning to have wushu be a demostration sport in 2008 Olympics. but the IOC voted it down during its congress in 2001. as a compromise, they (Chinese) decided to hold an international wushu tournament that will be held simultaneously with the Olympic Games.
as for 2012 London Olympics, the IOC has already decided what sports will be contested and Wushu is not one of them. and I think, its chances to be included in the future Olympic Games is very slim to none at all unless if one of martial arts or contact sports will be removed. as of now, Taekwondo, Judo, Boxing, Fencing, and Wrestling are contact sports in the Olympics.
as for the above poster named "Someone Angry", wushu is divided into two disciplines. the first one is what you know, a judgement routine where a wushu athlete performs a specific routine and will be scored by judges. and the other one is a combat sport called Sanshou or Sanda, where two athletes will fight each other similar to a boxing match.
- Someone AngryLv 51 decade ago
It isn't a sport. It is a dance routine. It is like making cheerleading or ballroom dancing an Olympic sport.
Singles and pairs figure skating has many technical criteria. However the dance competition in the winter olympics is not that popular and the scoring is pretty much a sham. They really should get rid of it. So why add yet another?