In the upcoming Asian Games 2023, which will be kept in Hangzhou, China from September 23 to October 8, India will be sending out an eight-member wushu contingent to complete in the sport. The wushu occasions will happen at the Xiaoshan Guali Sports Centre from September 24 to September 28.
Initially, India had actually picked an 11-member team for the Asian Games, however due to visa problems dealt with by Nyeman Wangsu, Mepung Lamgu, and Onilu Tega, the group was lowered to 8 members. The Indian wushu group will complete in 2 disciplines – sanda and taolu. Sanda is a full-contact fight sport comparable to kickboxing, while taolu is a mix of gymnastics and martial arts.
An overall of 15 medals will be up for grabs throughout the 2 disciplines. India has actually had success in the sanda occasions, winning 9 medals – one silver and 8 bronze – considering that wushu was presented to the Asian Games in 1990. However, India is yet to win a medal in the taolu occasions.
Leading the Indian wushu contingent will be Surya Bhanu Partap Singh and Naorem Roshibina Devi, both of whom won bronze medals at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. Singh will complete in the males’s 60kg classification, while Roshibina Devi will complete in the ladies’s 60kg classification. Another noteworthy member of the group is Vikrant Baliyan, who won a bronze medal at the 2019 world champions and will complete in the males’s 60kg sanda occasion.
In the previous edition of the Asian Games, India’s wushu group won 4 bronze medals. The finest outcome for India in wushu at the Asian Games was available in 2010 when Wangkhem Sandhyarani Devi won a silver medal in the ladies’s 60kg classification.
The Indian wushu team for the Asian Games 2023 consists of Surya Bhanu Partap Singh (males’s 60kg sanda), Vikrant Baliyan (males’s 60kg sanda), Sunil Singh Mayanglambam (males’s 56kg sanda), Suraj Yadav (males’s 70kg sanda), Naorem Roshibina Devi (ladies’s 60kg sanda), Anjul Namdeo (males’s changquan taolu), Suraj Singh Mayanglambam (males’s changquan taolu), and Rohit Jadhav (males’s daoshu taolu).
As the Indian wushu group gets ready for the Asian Games 2023, hopes are high for a strong efficiency and the possible to bring house more medals in both sanda and taolu occasions.