There was barely standing space around the rings at the National Stadium today! The crowd packed in to see over 60 bouts over an 80-hour programme in 2 rings, with some amazing contests. And a few close memorable memorable matches that already have the words “must meet again” written all over them.
There were some upsets especially for the home team, starting from the smallest division where Lithuania won kid of the day with a wonderful Wai Kru and then winning in a unanimous decision against the Thai champion. The 17 year old division also saw the same where Russia sent the Thai champion packing.
The other fights had mixed results with Kazakhstan, Thailand, Afghanistan, Belgium, Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey, USA, France, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Lebanon, Peru, Australia, Iran, Brazil, Iraq, Germany, England, New Zealand, Vietnam, Finland and Canada all booked their place in the next round. So many amazing fights in a truly outstanding atmosphere.
This was followed by a special sporting demonstration where the two top Thai teams delivered a Sepktakraw match, with a special court built for the visitors to learn and understand the sport, which was all well received.
IFMA Sport Director Mrs Tynan stated that the cooperation between Muaythai and other sports is important and during the week, other sports and demonstrations will take place during the event.
Tomorrow will be a huge day with 76 bouts – a record for the YWC history, demonstrating the popularity of this event!
The live stream from the two rings received many fantastic comments with families around the world tuning in to cheer on their kids. Stay tuned another great day via our live feed!