Wushu bets headed to new home

WUSHU athletes from the city will soon settle in a place of their own as their newly found training grounds get a much needed improvement at the Pilota Court inside Woodsgate Subdivision in Camp 7.

With the martial art sport producing world renowned athletes from the region, expansion for the training areas is required to accommodate the growing number of potential athletes.

According to Wushu coach Tony Candelaria, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) already provided financial support to be used as funding in procuring a better place to train local athletes.

“The PSC released some P350,000 that will be used to cover our yearly expenses, rentals, and maintenance of the place,” Candelaria said.

“It is actually a big help since many of our wushu athletes always need to travel in Manila to train whenever there is an international competition,” he added.

He said they are just working on improvements to make the club house a decent place to train.

“We are currently busy putting up electrical lightings and constructing the comfort room so that whenever we officially make the place our main place for practice we can fully utilize it,” Candelaria said.

The former movie actor added the gym will be fully functional with its own standard wushu ring that will encourage more locals to train.

The city's wushu athletes are presently training at the Baguio Convention Center.

Wushu has been one of the fastest growing sports in the country and even in the Cordilleras where many Filipino competitors, both young and old, reap honors in international events.

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