The spear (qiang) is a modern wushu weapon, but there are also traditional spear styles. Athletes who practice the spear usually also do straightsword. Since 2001 these two disciplines are mainly performed by women. Because wushu was supposed to become an olympic event by 2008, the international wushu committee said that women will now have to compete in straightsword, spear and taiji, while men will have to compete in broadsword, staff and nanquan. Most female wushu artists always preferred spear and straightsword anyway. For more wushu and basics go to wushu main.