A special celebration took place in Lisbon to celebrate 29 years of the national muaythai federation of Portugal. The federation under the presidency of Ana Vital Melo who is also an IFMA executive board member is fully recognised by the National Olympic Committee of Portugal and hosted the successful European championships in 2013.
Muaythai in Portugal is one of the fastest growing sports and the president Ana gave an emotional speech addressing the many developments over the previous year. The government of Portugal gave a special award to the federation for their service to the community.
Miss Melo stated that Portugal is proud of their athletes and a special award was also given to Portuguese athletes with Mario Lobo who qualified for the World Games in the 54kg division. IFMA would like to congratulate the Portuguese federation and toast to the next 29 years to come.