Movie star Jackie Chan to visit Madagascar for martial arts tourney

Movie star Jackie Chan poses for pictures with Madagascar's rugby team during its 2006 visit to Hong Kong. The global icon is expected in Antananarivo in September. FILE 

Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan is expected in Madagascar for an upcoming martial arts competition.

The 5th edition of the kung fu wushu African Cup takes place in Antananarivo on September 5-10.

Six Shaolins from temples in China will also give shows at the competition, according to the Malagasy federation’s head, José Ramaherison aka Master Gao.

The global movie star Jackie Chan is a talented wushu fan.

The visit of Mr Chan, an idol to millions of boys around the world, is highly anticipated on the island.

The practice of Shaolin martial art rooted first on Malagasy soil in the 1990s and has recruited thousands of fans since.

Madagascar has struggled to host the African Cup since 2009, according to Master Gao, a Chinese who teaches the martial discipline in the country.

The dream will finally become true this year, he said.

Officials from the Wushu African Confederation including its secretary general, Tarek Kiralla, are currently in the capital to follow-up on preparations for the tournament.

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