2001 East Asian Games
Osaka, Japan, May 25-27th, 2001

Here is a collection of links and results about the competition, as well as a good article from Wu Bin about the competition that I (incompetently) translated.



In August 2001, I met Han Jing (gold medalist of the Macau team) while in China, she wanted to share this picture with all the reader. This picture was taken when Han Jing returned to Macau with the rest of the team. Han Jing was the first ever East Asian Games Gold Medal winner from Macau, so she was given the honor to carry the flame (that weird lantern thing she's holding) from Osaka to Macau, who will host the 2005 East Asian Games.
RESULTS: - In English - In Japanese (with some articles)

Changquan Three Events Combined Women   
 HAN, JING 		28.060P MACAU 
 LO, Nga Ching 		27.860P HK 

Changquan Three Events Combined Men 
 NG, WA LOI 		27.770P HK
Taijiquan Men
 CHAN Ming-Shu 		9.350P JAPAN
 WATANABE, Toshiya 	9.300P JAPAN (tie)
Taijiquan Women
 LI, Fai 		9.410P HK 
 AKAZAWA, Emi 		9.330P JAPAN 
 WU, I-CHI 		9.260P TAIWAN
Nanquan Women
 TAKEDA, Sachiko 		9.270P JAPAN  
 TSANG, Angie 		9.260P HK 
Nanquan Men Final  
 LIU, Chun-wei 		9.310P TAIWAN 
For those of you who are wondering, that is the same Han Jing formerly of the Beijing Team

The event organizers even have video clips of the competitors up too. Truly unprecedented! I hope this catches on with more international wushu events:

[I found this article on, its an interview with Beijing Team head coach Wu Bin about the East Asian Games. I apologize in advance for the poor translation!]

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Wu Bin discusses East Asian Games

The East Asian Games is one of the intercontinental sport competitions, although 
not as great as the Asian Games.  But all the Asian countries are very serious 
competitors. Wushu serves as an official event in the East Asian Games, 
which shows wushu's increasing progression as a world sport.  From looking 
at this year's games,  each country's wushu level is already quite high, 
for example Men's Taijiquan - in Taiwan, Japan, Korea, these countries already 
have ten years of history, these team members also have attended many large 
competitions,  their level is high.  With respect to Nanquan,  Hong Kong 
and Macau's level is also very high. The Macau team's Han Jing siezed the 
women's longfist three-event all-around championship,  she originally is 
a member of the Beijing Wushu Team.  You can see, East Asia's wushu is serious.

The Beijing Wushu Team's coach Wu Bin holds the post of this competition's 
arbitration committee chairman. Among the heads of the committe is Professor 
Qiu Pixiang of the Shanghai Sports College ( Shanghai Tiyu),  Chengdu Sports 
College wushu department Professor Wen Zuohui and from Guangdong, Zhong 
Tiexiong, in addition there are two other judges. Delegations attending 
the competition included China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and 

These competitions assemble the wushu world's finest, the competition is 
intense.  While speaking about this competition, Wu Bin discussed the following 

1.  The scale is big and the organization level is high. The sports arena 
was very large, it could accomodate about 4000 spectators.  The competition 
area is big, its especially wide.  Before the competition, the Asian Wushu 
Association officials were nervous while examining the competition area. 
It's not easy to organize and manage a place this big. But the shrewdly capable 
Japanese systematically organized everything. For one, the judges area was 
very good, To the front right of the judges was a clear score board, on 
both sides of the sports arena were big screens. The two screens allow the 
masses to see the information on the athlete and their coaching background. 
The screen on the right front of the judge immediately shows the judge's 
score. Secondly, they set up an athletes warmup area and competition area. 
This competition is different then previous ones,  it's closer to other 
large scale international competitions.  Athletes competing assemble in 
the designated area. No matter what, they're all checked out, also during 
or after the competition, the service personnel are responsible for leading 
the athlete in and out of the designated active areas.  Because the two screens 
are frequently updated,  the athletes every act, the whole competition process,
are visible to the spectators,  allowing the audience to feel the wushu 
competition is completely fair.  After the competition, the East Asian Association 
officials all evaluated the East Asia large scale wushu competition,  no 
matter what they all said it was organized,  also the hardware and facilities 
level is also very high. 

2.  The audience participation is vigourous.  During the competition, despite 
the sports arena not being packed, the audience's enthusiasm was very high. 
Among them, the Da Ban (?)  Taiji League planned 1500 people or more large 
scale taiji demonstrations,  even more noteworthy was that every demonstration 
was different. When the athletes came out, no matter if they were from that 
country or other countries, the faithful fans enthusiastically applauded 
equally. cheering, creating an enthusiastic atmosphere.  On the last day 
of competition, many spectators attended the taiji demonstration on the 
floor of the arena,  because of this, also the audience gave a demonstration 
from their seats.

3. There were many judges,  the rules were rigorous.  Every country had their 
own judges.  Before the competition the head judge organized each country's 
judges to inspect the athlete's training,  assessing the situation,  then 
every judge shared their opinions of what they had seen and shared intimate 
discussions of the practicing.  This helped each country's judges deepen 
their knowledge about changes in the rules.  In the process of studying, 
the head judge especially pointed out, "Although we are inspecting the different 
countries' athlete's practice level, but this really doesn't represent their 
true level, we also want to thoroughly watch what comes out on the arena 
floor when we score."   The organizing country's judges avoided these activities,
to avoid the image of unfairness.   After every competition, the head judge 
called the judges together to inspect the video, analysing the skill.  If 
it turns out that they made a judging mistake and discussed the error,  
other judges investigated. This competition judging had some mistakes,  
When Macau's nanquan athlete was on the floor, this situation arised and 
the audience all commented, based on the true level, he should have got 
an award, but according to the judge's score he wouldn't, the athlete only 
can only harbor regret as they leave the competition floor. Although this 
was an individual case,  for the future, judging work should use this opportunity 
to learn a lesson.

4.  There were many rookies.  More than a few new faces, Japan, Korea, Macau, 
Taiwan, all had a new crop in attendence,  showing a new generation of athletes 
of high skill level - "In the Yangtze River, the next wave follows the previous 
one."  Chinese wushu's influence is growing every day, speading Chinese 
wushu's influence.

This competition had 6 gold medals,  the China team walked home with 4 of 
them,  Longfist gold medal was won by Shanxi's Yuan Xindong,  for women's 
Nanquan it was Guangxi's Huang Chunni,  Fujian's Chen Shuai won Men's nanquan,
men's taiji was Hubei's Zou Yunjian. From these results, you can see that 
Chinese athletes are specially trained, they are rigourously trained troops. 
From their basics, the other countries' athletes train as amatuers.  For 
example Japan, Korea, and Macau teams only train together for two months 
before a competition.  Although they are amateurs, by these means these 
years of exertion, these atheltes levels have improved quickly.  For example,
the Hong Kong team, their training conditions have improved a bit, fine 
athletes gather at the Hong Kong Sports University. They practice just about 
every evening, these methods have been effective in increasing the level 
of their wushu.  If  youth training is not strengthened, there will be a 
shortage of talent and at the next competition they won't be able to meet 
the challenge.

Wu Bin feels, the next East Asian Games wushu competition will be even more competitive.

Starting from next year's Asian Games,  the wushu events will somewhat change,
the Asian wushu federation's technical committee has already submited 
a revised plan. From now on they will use the new international compulsory 
routines instead of the original ones. In addition to the all around changquan 
3 events,  nanquan all-around and taijiquan all-around are being added - 
increasing audience interest.  Moreoever, the event is inceasing the depth 
of chinese wushu, revealing Chinese Wushu's cultural abundance.  Also the 
difficulty in taking medals has increase, the next crowd will surpass the 
current one.  This will push the wushu level higher, also the wushu competition 
rules will change. He also revealed under possible circumstances the three 
competition events will change to four or five comeptition events, this will 
increase wushu's path to the world.

Wu Bin finally said because of this competition, the organizing committee's 
success, everybody feels that the judging's enforcement was fair,  this 
competition didn't have a single appeal,  therefore the attending contingents 
were satisfied with their results,  everybody is preparing to go all out 
for the 4th East Asian games in Macau in 2005.

Author: Wang Youtang,  Han Longyuan
Interesting, huh? The Japanese have taken the technology of wushu competitions to the next level!


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