Dozens of schoolchildren wearing white tracksuits and yellow-green belts at a taekwondo gym in the New Sports Centre were recently seen holding a red target as one of them carried out kicking exercises in a neat and sweeping manner. Chief Hu Xiaotao of the taekwondo gym told reporters, thanks to the spread and promotion of taekwondo series international competitions, in the past two years, the public's acceptance of taekwondo has been greatly improved. The reporter also learned from Wuxi Taekwondo Association a few days ago, at present Wuxi has nearly 200 taekwondo gym in all and more than 50,000 people attend the training every year.
As the "Wuxi Brand" of taekwondo becomes more and more obvious, it is foreseeable that industry-related training, equipment and competitive performance industries will be expected to flourish in Wuxi. Wang Gang, Head of the World Taekwondo Federation (Wuxi Center) and Vice Chairman of the China Taekwondo Association, said that in the next three to five years, Wuxi’s direct output value of taekwondo alone will reach more than 8 billion yuan.
However, the development of taekwondo alone is no longer enough, Wuxi will build a world fighting culture center introducing taekwondo, karate, boxing martial arts competition and other mass events to attract national teams to train there, hold themed international culture weeks, develop the sports leisure industry, introduce professional sports rehabilitation institutions, attract sports business supporting facilities, and create a sports complex serving local and global businesses. It’s estimated that by 2022, there will be 150 competition days throughout the year, about 60 professional events will be held every year, more than 10 top events will be held, and the scale of mass events will reach 10,000 people. Wuxi will become a famous sports city with an international voice.