On 15 September, Panathlon International organized a “Round Table” -“The effects of conflicts and politics in sport” and this at the premises of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) in Rome. The panel consisted of very distinguished speakers, Pierre Zappelli, president of Panathlon International, Giovanni Malagò, IOC member and President of CONI, Luca Pancalli, President CIP (Paralympic), Sarah Solémalé, Sports Lawyer FIFA and Raffaella Masciadri, President Italian Athletes Commission.
Our president, Patrick Van Campenhout, in his mandate as “Conseiller International” (board member) and Director of the Belgian Olympic and Inter-Federal Committee (BOIC) participated in these 2 days and is very satisfied with the attention the IOC is giving to the Panathlon International ideology. Panathlon International is recognized and subsidized by the IOC.
The next day was the high mass of the sport with the arrival of the IOC president, Thomas Bach, who received the great honor of receiving the “Flambeau d’Or” (a prestigious award from Panathlon International). Our president was able to meet the IOC president and congratulate him for this prestigious award.
These were 2 days of networking and making very interesting relationships in the world of sport.
Pics from the event:
General Assembly of The European Wushu Federation (EUWUF) has unanimously voted positively (YES) on the proposal of its Executive committee to accept the request of Hellenic Wushu Federation to become its full, regular member.
So, from August 25, just a month after Ukrainian federation became our regular member, we welcome the EUWUF new member (at the same time old friends) – Hellenic Wushu Federation.
We consider this new membership as a sign of our good work in the past two and a half years, and our transparency and honesty in trying to restore the European wushu sport.
Hellenic wushu federation is the second EWUF member who decided to join EUWUF after its foundation, and this is just a beginning of the inevitable process. Very soon, there will be more EWUF members whom we expect to join us. As we stated while accepting Ukrainian federation into EUWUF, the process of consolidation of “healty” forces in European wushu has started, and it will not be stopped. It is just the matter of time and dynamics of the decisions of national federations, but the process is inevitable and irreversible.
We are once again inviting all European IWUF members who still hesitate, to take the responsibility for the cure of our sport in Europe and join us as soon as possible. All are welcome, there is place and work for all of us within EUWUF to join forces and raise the level of wushu in Europe, so the recognition of IWUF will also be inevitable and realized in the very near future.
Dear Greek wushu friends, Welcome to EUWUF – together we’ll build stronger wushu in Europe!
The General Assembly of European Wushu Federation (EUWUF) has unanimously voted positively (YES) on the proposal of its Executive committee to accept the request of Ukrainian Wushu Federation to become its full, regular member.
So, from July 26, 2022 we welcome the EUWUF new member – Ukrainian Wushu Federation and its president Mr. Oleg Chukanov, brave federation of brave people and sportists, by whose trust in us we are deeply touched and honoured.
We think this is a turning point in European wushu future, and the sign of the end of confusion, conflicts, irregularities and a start of the brighter future for wushu sport on our continent.
Ukrainian wushu federation is the first EWUF member who decided to join EUWUF after its foundation, and in this moment, there are a few more federations whom we expect to join us. The process of consolidation of “healty” forces in European wushu has started, and it will not be stopped. Now it is just the matter of time and dynamics of the decisions of national federations, but the process is inevitable and irreversible.
This way we are inviting all European IWUF members who still hesitate, to take the responsibility for the cure of our sport in Europe and join us as soon as possible. All are welcome, there is place and work for all within EUWUF to join forces and raise the level of wushu in Europe, so the recognition of IWUF will also be inevitable and realized in the very near future.
Welcome to EUWUF!
The 1st European Wushu Championships, organized under the auspices of the European Wushu Federation (EUWUF), took place from 11-15 May in the beautiful city of Burgas, Bulgaria. More than 500 participants from 14 countries showed some excellent performances in different wushu disciplines. The Bulgarian Wushu Federation was a fantastic host and with the well appreciated and significant logistical and technical help of the Turkish Wushu Federation made this first EUWUF Wushu Championship a great success.
The Turkish, Croatian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian athletes were very successful and won the largest number of medals. But all participating countries won medals in the disciplines where they had their top athletes performing. Without any doubt this European Championship was a tremendous success not only because of the vast number of athletes participating and the numerous medals that were won by the participating countries, but also and foremost because of atmosphere of friendship, respect and mutual understanding that was very much felt by all participants and that has been lacking for many years in the past European Wushu events.
EUWUF made history with this championship and started a new page in the story of European Wushu. All the participants present at this event could feel the vibe of the new and fresh atmosphere that was present in all aspects of this championship. The presence of a wonderful team of athletes from Ukraine (who traveled by bus for more than 50 hours to participate in this competition) helped all of the participants understand that the essence of being an athlete, is primarily being a human being, and so all participants shared the emotions of their Ukrainian colleagues at the closing ceremony where the Ukrainian flag with the added slogan ‘STOP THE WAR’, touched the feelings of all participants and made it clear where the priorities lie.
We are already looking forward to our next big event later this year, which will be officially announced before July 1.
At the end of the closing ceremony Mr. Stefan Kolev, president of the Bulgarian Wushu Federation handed over the EUWFU flag to Mr. Abdurahman Akyuz, president of the Turkish Wushu Federation who will host the 2nd European Wushu Championships in the Spring of 2023.
Pictures from the competition
With the presence of almost all EUWUF members and the guest observer Ukraine, the General Assembly session offered reports from the President, Vice-Presidents, General Secretary, Treasurer and Sport’s Director. Detailed report was given on all the activities since EUWUF foundation in January 2020, with a special focus on the European championships which is coming in few days.
As the two years of mandate of the existing Executive committee were marked by pandemic limitations, a new election process was carried before the assembly session, and Belgium proposed M. Patrick Van Campenhout to continue his successful presidency for another four years. As this was the only proposal for the position of the EUWUF President, M. Van Campenhout was unanimously elected. His list of the officers of the Executive committee was the same as two years ago, which means that the same team that had worked hard and achieved a lot last two years -is now continuing its work for the mandate 2022-2026.
General Assembly session showed strength, unity and commitment of all members to continue in our mission to unite, develop and strengthen European wushu and put it on a map of world wushu at the place it deserves to be. A lot of support that EUWUF is getting from European IWUF members as well as from the members out of Europe, encourages and assures us that very soon we will attract many new members who recognized the European wushu federation is the one that selflessly and transparently leads towards the bright future of European wushu.
Paulo Araujo and Petru Grindeanu, vice-presidents of European Wushu Kungfu Federation recently sent out a rather threatening message to their members warning them that participating in the European Championships that we are organising in Burgas next month is in violation of both EWUF’s and IWUF’s constitutions. We strongly disagree with this position for many reasons but principally because the temporary suspension of the recognition of EWUF by IWUF, while being temporary, is still a full suspension and the current leadership of EWUF doesn’t seem to understand how it affects their right to say anything about present matters. But more importantly, in the same letter from IWUF where the temporary suspension of the recognition of EWUF was announced it was clearly stated that this did not in any way affect the rights of individual members to participate in events organised by other IWUF member countries and to be clear the upcoming European Wushu Championships is organised by an IWUF member under the auspices of our federation.
In the same message both vice presidents urge their members to be patient and wait for the outcome of the case presented at the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS). Up to now we have always been reluctant to speak up about the reasons of our dispute with EWUF and we still want to maintain this line of conduct because we have complete confidence in the ongoing investigation conducted by the IWUF Ethics Committee and are eagerly awaiting its outcome. But we think that it must be clear by now that the complaints that were lodged were very serious and multifaceted. It is not our place to speak out about the matters currently under investigation but we invite all current members of the suspended EWUF to look back to the events of the last 10 years and ask themselves the question of the development of wushu in Europe: Has it really been helped by the way the EWUF conducted its business or if all the things that were going on were to the benefit of a few parties? Did EWUF really work to bring together countries on an equal basis or did they play a power game that alienated quite a number of countries and helped some parties and countries to build up their power base?
We feel that things have moved to a point where every European IWUF member should think on their own, without any threats and speak up. If you are happy with the current policies and leadership of EWUF and with the conduct of its leadership in the past and the way financial matters were conducted, we will fully respect your position and wish you all the best. However, if you have doubts or if you have really had it with EWUF we suggest you take one of three possible routes:
1. You could choose to suspend your EWUF membership awaiting the outcome of the CAS case and the final report temporarily and officially of IWUF’S Ethics Committee and IWUF EB.
2. You could put in an official statement that you agree to become a member of our federation if IWUF decides to definitely suspend EWUF. We understand that in a number of cases it may be necessary to remain an EWUF member for internal reasons like recognition by your government or National Olympic Committee (NOC). But such a statement could help resolving an ongoing conflict and move us towards becoming the logical, democratic and historically justified successor of the European Wushu Federation.
3. You could choose outright to join our federation and become a full member thereby looking to the future of wushu in Europe with confidence and trust in the democratic and peaceful processes that has made Europe what it is today.
Whatever route you choose we are there to help and to clarify whatever questions you may have.
Please send every email and document relating to these matters to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com to make certain that your request is handed over to the right people in our organisation.
On behalf of the EUWUF Executive Committee
Dear wushu colleagues,
Due to increased interest for participation at EUWUF European championships in Burgas, May 13-15 2022, EUWUF has decided to open the championships to all interested parties:
a) National federations, IWUF members from Europe, can participate as national federations no matter of their membership in either of European wushu (kung fu) federations
b) In case they do not want to participate as national federations, their members are welcome to apply as clubs or individuals
c) All other participants including the above mentioned individuals, will be invited to participate as guest participants from particular European country
This way, all those who are interested can take part in this championships for the benefit of the development of wushu in Europe.
Please go to our European Championships website: burgas2022.com and proceed with final entry for your athletes until April 12 (24:00 h Bulgarian time).
General Assembly of EUWUF will take place online, on May 7 2022, 6 pm CET, and all European federations non EUWUF members can attend the GA session as observers – to hear, see and check how our federation works and ascertain if this might be the federation of their choice to lead the future development of European wushu sport.
To everyone who will express such an interest a link to attend the GA session on May 7, will be provided in time.
Best regards and welcome to Burgas!
On March 13th, the European Wushu Kung Fu Federation has published a statement claiming different matters, the EUWUF its made her statement to put the matters in the right context and to inform the Wushu family:
EUWUF is united in its mission to contribute to peace through sport and to unite European wushu in peaceful competition beyond all political disputes, but strongly on the side of truth and justice for all.
Following the recommendation of the IOC In order to protect the integrity of global sports competitions and for the safety of all the participants, EB of EUWUF decided that Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials are not any more invited nor allowed to participate at the European wushu championship which will take place in Burgas, Bulgaria, May 13-15 2022.