Iran’s Sanda team en route to China

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TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) – National Iranian Sanda team, comprising seven wushu practitioners, will depart for Xi'an of China to participate at the 8th Sanda World Cup.

The 2016 edition of Sanda World Cup is scheduled to take place in the Chinese city of Xi'an from 4-6 November 2016.

According to regulations of the International Wushu Federation, only medal winners of World Championships are allowed to take part at the upcoming event. Iran, for its part, managed to earn seven medals at the 13th World Wushu Championships which was held on 11-18 November 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Sedigheh Dayaei (-60kg), Shahrbanoo Mansourian (-65kg), Maryam Hasehmi (-70kg) will represent Iran in the Women’s division under the supervision of Masoumeh Ghadiri.

Meanwhile, male athletes of the Iranian squad comprise Erfan Ahangarian (-65kg), Mohsen Mohammadseifi (-70kg), Amir Fazli (-85) as well as Hamidreza Gholipour (-90kg) who are led by Hossein Ojaghi as the head coach.

Competitive wushu is composed of two disciplines including taolu and sanda. Sanda is a modern fighting method and sport influenced by traditional Chinese boxing, Chinese wrestling methods called Shuai jiao and other Chinese grappling techniques such as Chin Na. It has all the combat aspects of wushu. It appears much like Kickboxing or Muay Thai, but includes many more grappling techniques.

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