International Wushu Federation

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International Wushu Federation
FormationOctober 3, 1990
TypeSports association
Legal statusFederation
PurposeDevelopment of wushu worldwide
HeadquartersLausanne, Switzerland
Beijing, China[1]
Region served
155 nations
Official language
Chinese and English
Zhongwen Gou
Main organ
IWUF Congress
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese国际武术联合会
Traditional Chinese國際武術聯合會

The International Wushu Federation (IWUF) is an international sport organization and is the governing body for wushu in all its forms worldwide. The IWUF is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and is also a member of the ARISF, GAISF, FISU, IWGA, and the ISF.


The main governing bodies of the IWUF are the President and the Executive Board, the Secretariat, the Congress which meets every two years, and various technical committees. The IWUF's headquarters are located in Lausanne, Switzerland and Beijing, China. The current president of IWUF is Mr. Zhongwen Gou of China (2019-present).

As of 2020, there are 155 national federations affiliated with the IWUF which are organized under the following continental federations:[2]

  • Wushu Federation of Asia
  • European Wushu Federation
  • Pan American Wushu Federation
  • African Wushu Federation
  • Oceania Wushu Kungfu Federation


On October 3, 1990 in Beijing during the 11th Asian Games, the IWUF was established after four years of development by a preparatory committee from the Chinese Wushu Association (CWA).[3] Since 1991, the IWUF has held 15 World Wushu Championships and has helped over 100 federations (List of member federations External) around the globe to organize their own championships and national tournaments.[4] The IWUF has also been in an active pursuit of olympic wushu after being fully recognized by the IOC in 2002.[5] The IWUF fell short of having wushu becoming an Olympic sport in 2008, but the IOC allowed them to host an international wushu competition alongside the 2008 Summer Olympics, which was known as the 2008 Beijing Wushu Tournament.[6] During the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, wushu was an official demonstration sport,[7] and wushu will return to the Youth Olympics in 2026.[8] The IWUF hoped for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics but wushu was shortlisted in 2013 and again in 2015.[9] Despite this, wushu has been included in several multi-sport events such as the Asian Games, East Asian Youth Games, Southeast Asian Games, World Games, World Combat Games, and the Universiade.

The IWUF has redefined the definition of sport wushu, dividing it into two main disciplines: taolu (forms), and sanda (unarmed combat).




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  1. ^ "International Wushu Federation". Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  2. ^ "About IWUF". IWUF. Retrieved 2020-12-15.
  3. ^ "A Look at One of the IWUF's Remarkable Founders - General Giuseppe Falconi". IWUF 30th Anniversary Website. 2020-09-28. Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  4. ^ "I.W.F. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS". Kung Fu magazine. Archived from the original on 2020-02-24. Retrieved 2010-03-10.
  5. ^ "Kungfu Inches to Olympics". Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  6. ^ "Beijing 2008 Wushu tournament kicks off --". Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  7. ^ "Nanjing 2014 Youth Wushu Tournament Takes Place Alongside the Youth Olympic Games". 2014-08-25. Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  8. ^ "Baseball5 and wushu added to Youth Olympic Games programme at Dakar 2022". Olympic Channel. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  9. ^ "Wushu into shortlist of added events for 2020 Olympics - People's Daily Online". Retrieved 2021-01-28.

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