KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Dec 2019:
Keelung Chang-Xing of Taiwan has pulled off an impressive performance to emerge champions of the International Water Stilt Lion Dance Championship 2019, held here over the weekend.
The seven-member team with a white and silver lion costume collected 9.28 points to beat nine other teams in the competition held for the first time in Malaysia.
Malaysian team Kwong Ngai Lion Dance came in the second place with 9.14 points, while Long De Chuan Ren Dragon Mid Lion Dance of Myanmar in the third spot with 9.12 points.
Kwong Ngai Lion Dance coach Wong Weng Hong said his boys were having difficulties in executing jump movements they had planned.
“We underwent a one-month training in preparation for this competition,” he said when met by reporters after the event.
The championship which attracted some 1,000 spectators also saw participation from Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, China and Thailand.
The competition which was held at National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil has also received recognition from the Malaysia Book of Records as the first international water stilt lion dance championship held in the country.