The staff "Gun Shu" is a weapon of modern wushu, but there are also traditional staff styles like southern staff or the monkey staff. Athletes who practice the staff, usually also do broadsword. Since 2001 these two wushu disciplines are mainly performed by men. Because wushu was supposed to become an olympic event by 2008, the international wushu committee said that women will have compete in straightsword, spear and taiji, and men will have to compete in broadsword, staff and nanquan. The reason for this decision was that broadsword and staff forms have rude movements and require a bulkier wushu performer. Straightsword and Spear on the other hand, require more flexibility and involve a lot of round movements. Most female wushu athletes always prefered spear and straightsword anyway.