International Wushu Federation
|Formation||October 3, 1990|
|Purpose||Development of wushu worldwide|
|Chinese and English.|
The International Wushu Federation (IWUF) (Chinese: 国际武术联合会; pinyin: Guójì wǔshù liánhé huì) 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, and the ISF.
The IWUF has redefined the definition of sport Wushu. Sport wushu is divided into two parts: sanda (unarmed combat) and taolu (forms). Currently, the IWUF has 155 member nations across 5 continental federations worldwide.
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 with operational offices in Beijing, China. The current president of IWUF is Mr. Zhongwen Gou of People's Republic of China (2019-).
As of 2020, there are 155 national federations affiliated with the IWUF which are organized under the following continental federations:
- Wushu Federation of Asia
- European Wushu Federation
- Pan American Wushu Federation
- African Wushu Federation
- Oceania Wushu Kungfu Federation
On October 3, 1990 in Beijing, China during the 11th Asian Games, the IWUF was established after four years of development by a preparatory committee from the Chinese Wushu Association (CWA). 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. The IWUF has also been in an active pursuit of olympic wushu after being fully recognized by the IOC in 2002. 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. This competition was known as the 2008 Beijing Wushu Tournament. During the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, wushu was once again a demonstrational sport in an event known as the 2014 Nanjing Youth Wushu Tournament. The IWUF lead a minor lobby for the 2012 olympics and a larger push for the 2020 olympics but wushu was shortlisted in 2013 and again in 2015. Despite this, wushu has been included in several multi-sport events such as the Asian Games, World Games, World Combat Games, and the Summer Universiade.
See also: List of international wushu competitions
- World Wushu Championships
- World Junior Wushu Championships
- World Kungfu Championships
- Sanda World Cup
- Taolu World Cup
- World Taijiquan Championships
- 2008 Beijing Wushu Tournament
- 2014 Nanjing Youth Wushu Tournament
- Wushu at the 2026 Summer Youth Olympics
- Wushu at the 2009 World Games
- Wushu at the 2013 World Games
- Wushu at the 2022 World Games
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