The Liberia National Wushu Association in collaboration with the Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia and the Chinese Embassy near Monrovia officially opened the newly constructed Liberia-China Wushu School and Gymnasium on Saturday, January 6.
The president of the Liberia National Wushu Association, Fred J. A. Pratt, said the official turning over of modernized Wushu School marked another milestone in the Liberian sporting arena.
According to him, the project was constructed by the government and people of China through its embassy in Monrovia in partnership with the LNWA.
The official turning over of the newly constructed Liberia-China Wushu School brought together dignitaries from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of State and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, the Police Inspector General and Foreign Service Director as some of the high profile personalities who graced the occasion.
President Pratt noted that the cultural exchange performance between China and Liberia martial arts athletes was indeed a sign of recognizing the people of China for their pivotal role played over the years in the growth and development of Liberia.
According to him, Wushu has actively been involved in training and recruiting young Liberians at the SKD Sports Complex. He lauded Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue for his commitment to the exchange of martial arts program to other parts of Liberia.
Responding, Ambassador Zhang said martial arts performances between Liberia and Chinese athletes are welcome as they build a strong relationship between Liberia and China, pointing out that the people of China will remain supportive of Liberia’s development and help to strengthen the capacity of the Liberia National Wushu Association.
It may be recalled that Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue pledged his government’s continued support to the Liberian National Wushu Association last year during the Wushu awareness competition held on the main campus of the University of Liberia in Monrovia.
That program was organized by the LNWA in collaboration with the 4th UNMIL Chinese Police (FPU) and the Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia.
At Saturday’s program, the Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia was one of the major actors during the martial arts performance as the students and their Chinese counterparts performed traditional dances to entertain the large crowd.