Here is a collection of links and results about the competition, as well as a good article from Wu Bin about the competition that I (incompetently) translated.
In August 2001, I met Han Jing (gold medalist of the Macau team) while in China, she wanted to share this picture with all the beijingwushuteam.com reader. This picture was taken when Han Jing returned to Macau with the rest of the team. Han Jing was the first ever East Asian Games Gold Medal winner from Macau, so she was given the honor to carry the flame (that weird lantern thing she's holding) from Osaka to Macau, who will host the 2005 East Asian Games.
For those of you who are wondering, that is the same Han Jing formerly of the Beijing TeamChangquan Three Events Combined Women HAN, JING 28.060P MACAU LO, Nga Ching 27.860P HK CHONG, SAO LAN 27.810P MACAU Changquan Three Events Combined Men YUAN, XINDONG 28.580P CHINA PARK, CHAN-DAE 28.040P KOREA NG, WA LOI 27.770P HK Taijiquan Men ZHAO, SHUNXIN 9.450P CHINA CHAN Ming-Shu 9.350P JAPAN YANG, SEONG-CHAN 9.300P TAIWAN (tie) WATANABE, Toshiya 9.300P JAPAN (tie) Taijiquan Women LI, Fai 9.410P HK AKAZAWA, Emi 9.330P JAPAN WU, I-CHI 9.260P TAIWAN Nanquan Women HUANG, CHUNNI 9.510P CHINA TAKEDA, Sachiko 9.270P JAPAN TSANG, Angie 9.260P HK Nanquan Men Final CHEN, SHUAI 9.480P CHINA KIM, YONG-JE 9.330P KOREA LIU, Chun-wei 9.310P TAIWAN
The event organizers even have video clips of the competitors up too. Truly unprecedented! I hope this catches on with more international wushu events:
[I found this article on Sinowushu.com, its an interview with Beijing Team head coach Wu Bin about the East Asian Games. I apologize in advance for the poor translation!]
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Interesting, huh? The Japanese have taken the technology of wushu competitions to the next level!Wu Bin discusses East Asian Games The East Asian Games is one of the intercontinental sport competitions, although not as great as the Asian Games. But all the Asian countries are very serious competitors. Wushu serves as an official event in the East Asian Games, which shows wushu's increasing progression as a world sport. From looking at this year's games, each country's wushu level is already quite high, for example Men's Taijiquan - in Taiwan, Japan, Korea, these countries already have ten years of history, these team members also have attended many large competitions, their level is high. With respect to Nanquan, Hong Kong and Macau's level is also very high. The Macau team's Han Jing siezed the women's longfist three-event all-around championship, she originally is a member of the Beijing Wushu Team. You can see, East Asia's wushu is serious. The Beijing Wushu Team's coach Wu Bin holds the post of this competition's arbitration committee chairman. Among the heads of the committe is Professor Qiu Pixiang of the Shanghai Sports College ( Shanghai Tiyu), Chengdu Sports College wushu department Professor Wen Zuohui and from Guangdong, Zhong Tiexiong, in addition there are two other judges. Delegations attending the competition included China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Kazakstan. These competitions assemble the wushu world's finest, the competition is intense. While speaking about this competition, Wu Bin discussed the following points: 1. The scale is big and the organization level is high. The sports arena was very large, it could accomodate about 4000 spectators. The competition area is big, its especially wide. Before the competition, the Asian Wushu Association officials were nervous while examining the competition area. It's not easy to organize and manage a place this big. But the shrewdly capable Japanese systematically organized everything. For one, the judges area was very good, To the front right of the judges was a clear score board, on both sides of the sports arena were big screens. The two screens allow the masses to see the information on the athlete and their coaching background. The screen on the right front of the judge immediately shows the judge's score. Secondly, they set up an athletes warmup area and competition area. This competition is different then previous ones, it's closer to other large scale international competitions. Athletes competing assemble in the designated area. No matter what, they're all checked out, also during or after the competition, the service personnel are responsible for leading the athlete in and out of the designated active areas. Because the two screens are frequently updated, the athletes every act, the whole competition process, are visible to the spectators, allowing the audience to feel the wushu competition is completely fair. After the competition, the East Asian Association officials all evaluated the East Asia large scale wushu competition, no matter what they all said it was organized, also the hardware and facilities level is also very high. 2. The audience participation is vigourous. During the competition, despite the sports arena not being packed, the audience's enthusiasm was very high. Among them, the Da Ban (?) Taiji League planned 1500 people or more large scale taiji demonstrations, even more noteworthy was that every demonstration was different. When the athletes came out, no matter if they were from that country or other countries, the faithful fans enthusiastically applauded equally. cheering, creating an enthusiastic atmosphere. On the last day of competition, many spectators attended the taiji demonstration on the floor of the arena, because of this, also the audience gave a demonstration from their seats. 3. There were many judges, the rules were rigorous. Every country had their own judges. Before the competition the head judge organized each country's judges to inspect the athlete's training, assessing the situation, then every judge shared their opinions of what they had seen and shared intimate discussions of the practicing. This helped each country's judges deepen their knowledge about changes in the rules. In the process of studying, the head judge especially pointed out, "Although we are inspecting the different countries' athlete's practice level, but this really doesn't represent their true level, we also want to thoroughly watch what comes out on the arena floor when we score." The organizing country's judges avoided these activities, to avoid the image of unfairness. After every competition, the head judge called the judges together to inspect the video, analysing the skill. If it turns out that they made a judging mistake and discussed the error, other judges investigated. This competition judging had some mistakes, When Macau's nanquan athlete was on the floor, this situation arised and the audience all commented, based on the true level, he should have got an award, but according to the judge's score he wouldn't, the athlete only can only harbor regret as they leave the competition floor. Although this was an individual case, for the future, judging work should use this opportunity to learn a lesson. 4. There were many rookies. More than a few new faces, Japan, Korea, Macau, Taiwan, all had a new crop in attendence, showing a new generation of athletes of high skill level - "In the Yangtze River, the next wave follows the previous one." Chinese wushu's influence is growing every day, speading Chinese wushu's influence. This competition had 6 gold medals, the China team walked home with 4 of them, Longfist gold medal was won by Shanxi's Yuan Xindong, for women's Nanquan it was Guangxi's Huang Chunni, Fujian's Chen Shuai won Men's nanquan, men's taiji was Hubei's Zou Yunjian. From these results, you can see that Chinese athletes are specially trained, they are rigourously trained troops. From their basics, the other countries' athletes train as amatuers. For example Japan, Korea, and Macau teams only train together for two months before a competition. Although they are amateurs, by these means these years of exertion, these atheltes levels have improved quickly. For example, the Hong Kong team, their training conditions have improved a bit, fine athletes gather at the Hong Kong Sports University. They practice just about every evening, these methods have been effective in increasing the level of their wushu. If youth training is not strengthened, there will be a shortage of talent and at the next competition they won't be able to meet the challenge. Wu Bin feels, the next East Asian Games wushu competition will be even more competitive. Starting from next year's Asian Games, the wushu events will somewhat change, the Asian wushu federation's technical committee has already submited a revised plan. From now on they will use the new international compulsory routines instead of the original ones. In addition to the all around changquan 3 events, nanquan all-around and taijiquan all-around are being added - increasing audience interest. Moreoever, the event is inceasing the depth of chinese wushu, revealing Chinese Wushu's cultural abundance. Also the difficulty in taking medals has increase, the next crowd will surpass the current one. This will push the wushu level higher, also the wushu competition rules will change. He also revealed under possible circumstances the three competition events will change to four or five comeptition events, this will increase wushu's path to the world. Wu Bin finally said because of this competition, the organizing committee's success, everybody feels that the judging's enforcement was fair, this competition didn't have a single appeal, therefore the attending contingents were satisfied with their results, everybody is preparing to go all out for the 4th East Asian games in Macau in 2005. Author: Wang Youtang, Han Longyuan