Story By: Mark Simons, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report
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A cheerleading policeman has become a social media hit in China after an over-enthusiastic kung fu display to spur on a tug-of-war team.
Spectators appeared more interested in his slick martial arts moves and boisterous shouting from the sidelines than in the contest itself.
A film of traffic cop Wu Bifa has now become a viral sensation on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like social media platform.
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In it he can be seen shouting slogans as he performs the moves at the event in Xian, capital of Shaanxi province in north-western China, organised by the city’s public security bureau.
Wu told local media: “I’m the head coach and leader of the cheerleading team” adding that his role was “mainly to boost morale and fighting spirit so that they can compete and triumph in the competition.”
While some thought the routine was by a kung fu master, Wu’s bosses suggested it came from his day job directing traffic which sparked a debate on social media.
His employers, the public security bureau, commented on Weibo: “By shouting slogans, this comrade from our traffic police department is showcasing his long-honed skills of conducting traffic.”
But another Weibo user replied: “These are actually kung fu moves.”
Another added: “He’s using his spirit to support his team” and a third commented: “It’s a tactic, he’s making their opponents laugh.”
In the end it is unclear how much it actually helped. Wu’s team finished seventh out of 41 competing but, undeterred, he said: “We are very satisfied.”