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Wushu coaches’ training programme commence tomorrow

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Pathum Balawardena (blue) who reached to the quarter final narrowly missed bronze medal at last Asian Games.
Pathum Balawardena (blue) who reached to the quarter final narrowly missed bronze medal at last Asian Games.

Sri Lanka Wushu Federation (SLWF) will be conducted five day training programme for National and school coaches which scheduled to commence from tomorrow (10) and will continue until Nov 14 at the Coorporative Development Centre in Polgolla, Kandy.

The five day programme will cover the latest and updated methods in wushu coaching and training and according to SLWF, coaches who fail to obtain a license from the course, will be identified as ineligible to engage at schools as coaches said President of the SLWF Manel Dharmakeerthi who also the qualified International Wushu referee.

Meanwhile SLWF has been granted official permission by Ministry of Education to reinstall the ‘Sanda’ (duel or combat) version and during the upcoming training programme, this segment will be trained to school coaches.

It’s after 12 years that we have obtained the official permission from the Education Ministry to include the ‘Sanda’ segment back into school-level competitions. We will start training coaches again. Of course, we will be highly concerned about the safety of the schoolchildren and all those areas will be covered during the five-day programme,” said Manel Dharmakeerthi, the President of SLWF.

In addition SLWF will open doors to participants of the programme to take part at coaches training programmes to be held overseas during the year 2022.

For those who intend to represent the country in the capacity of an official or coach, it’s mandatory to obtain the licence to take part in any upcoming International, World Junior, Asian or South Asian wushu events,” added Dhramakeerthi and intended participants could contact the SLWF Secretary, Vijith Edirisinghe or Ajith Atapattu, the Secretary of the school’s wushu section for more details.

Sri Lanka Wushu players are expected to take part at next Asian Games in China and SLWF already make training programmes to National players. Apart from the players facilities the most important to focus on coaches development to promote this sport .

AT last Asian Games held in Jakarta Sri Lanka narrowly missed bronze medal but this time expected to take medals with preparation with the support of Sport Ministry. The high performance committee of the Sports Ministry already recognised Wushu one of the medal winning sport at the International level

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 – 01:00

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