A special conference took place organized by the Thai government with a special forum on the ASEAN Community. Muaythai is a very popular sport in South East Asia, and promoters came together to discuss future events to further grow and promote the sport.
One of the main goals of Muaythai is to use the power of sport to contribute to society and to make our communities a better place. Whether it is inside or outside the ring, the values of Muaythai, respect, honour, tradition, excellence and fairplay, are instilled in all participants and stakeholders.
One of the largest Muaythai clubs under the Swedish Muaythai Federation, Fighter MuayThai, a well-known gym in Sweden which has trained several well-known Swedish Muaythai superstars like Elina Nilsson and Alex Tobiasson Harris, recently collaborated on a project provide water, food, and the right essentials to support children from a local community in Cambodia.
The first ever 2015 IFMA Muaythai University World Cup, under patronage of The Fédération internationale du sport universitaire (FISU or International University Sports Federation), will be held in Bangkok from the 16th to the 23rd of March, 2015. The event is organized by the Amateur Muaythai Association of Thailand, under Royal Patronage and under the sanctioning of the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) the world recognized sanctioning body for amateur Muaythai, the World Muaythai Council (WMC) under Royal Patronage, and in cooperation with the University Sports Board of Thailand and the Department of Physical Education of Thailand.
Regardless of where programs and events are held, from the local stage to the international stage like the European Championships or World Championships, IFMA makes a point to apply the five pillars of Muaythai inside the ring as well as outside the rings. IFMA aims to respect and honour the locality and community through fair play and excellence and will continue look to make it a tradition of sustainability for all future programs events.
RealPlayer is a Sport Integrity online education course developed by SportAccord, and specifically utilized by the athletes participating in IFMA competitions. Respect, honour, tradition, fair play and excellence, the five pillars of Muaythai all fit in with the values of sport integrity.
The IFMA General Secretary, Stephan Fox, together with the IFMA Executive Board member, Sherzod Tashmatov also President of the Uzbekistan Boxing Federation, made an important visit to the Olympic city of Lausanne.
Many important meetings took place such as meetings with the IOC Executive Board member and President of AIBA, Dr CK Wu, one of the most outstanding sport personalities to discuss and continue the cooperation, especially within the World Combat Games group.
Only 3 weeks to go until the opening of the Muaythai University World Cup, and team Mexico are the first to arrive, train and get acclimated for this important event.
Mr Jorge Vasquez, President of the Mexican Federation, stated that Mexico is nearly a whole day’s flight away from Bangkok, and they want to ensure that team Mexico is in the best shape to compete against the best university athletes from all five continents.
Muaythai has a saying “we would rather lose in honour than win in dishonesty…” and fair play is one of the five pillars of Muaythai. It is important that all stakeholders in Muaythai are a part of this, and it must be ensured that athletes, coaches, doctors, and others of the entourage are sure that the winner is the real winner.
Caroline Aebersold needs no introduction to the world of Muaythai. A former Muaythai champion who has become one of the most respected community business leader in Australia, the CEO of a national non-profit education provider, working with approximately 20,000 young people every week. The deputy chair of suicide prevention Australia, currently competing her doctorate in international law.
Muaythai is built on five important pillars respect, honour, tradition, fair play and excellence.
Youth development is a very important part of Muaythai. The kids are our future, not just in the sport, but in life. Muaythai is more than just a martial art, in fact, it is a way of life, and for the children, it is not all about competition. Through the various aspects in the sport and cultural art form, children are taught important values, goal, and learn to respect their opponents, cultural values and understanding, and above all, to have friends.
It has been six years since Thailand had the honour to stage a major international Muaythai event, so the excitement is high in the kingdom since they have been awarded to be the host of the first ever Muaythai University World Cup, under patronage of FISU.
Only one month to go until history will be made in Thailand as the Muaythai University World Cup has received the highest honour, patronage of FISU the International University Sports Federation (Fédération internationale du sport universitaire).
Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sport, Her Excellency Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, called a meeting at the Ministry of Tourism and Sport, with all the parties involved in this important event.