SEA Games wushu winners get Asiad chance

SEA Games wushu winners get Asiad chance

SINGAPORE -They surprised everyone at last year's SEA Games, finishing first in the women's duilian (unarmed), a wushu event which they were competing in for the first time.

Yesterday, it was taiji specialists Vera Tan and Valerie Wee who were surprised, after the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) appeals committee confirmed the duo's participation at this September's Asian Games.

They will be taking part in the taijiquan/taijijian all-round - an individual event - in Incheon, South Korea.

Twenty-five year-old Wee, who will commence full-time training in Fujian, China, next month, said: "I was praying very hard for the appeal to go through, because I felt I did not do very well in the individual events at the SEA Games. This will be my second Asian Games. I'm certain my training will help me better my sixth-placed finish at the last Asian Games."

On the other hand, Vera will be making her Asiad debut. The 16-year-old said: "I want to prove myself at Asian level."

The duo were joined by 11 other athletes from four sports after the first round of appeals.

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