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.
Muaythai and UNiTE have continued their fantastic joint campaign to End Violence Against Women. World Muaythai Angels partnered up with IFMA to put on a special Muaythai Day show to promote the popularity of female Muaythai.
Girls from around the world joined in the fantastic event and to promote the campaign, and the Thai national team took on an international team in an unforgettable event for all participants and spectators.
Muaythai is truly an international sport, and Muaythai Day is an important event in the Muaythai calendar with the main festivities held in Thailand, organized by the Thai Government, the World Muaythai Council under directive of the Thai Government, and certainly, IFMA the world governing body, recognized by the OCA, IWGA, and many others.
The story is told that the Phra Chao Suea (the Tiger King), the father of Muaythai , took on challengers in any division and against any challenger; so in his honour, 3 different trophies in 3 different weight divisions were organized.
February 6th marked the day of the celebration of Muaythai in honour of the Ayutthaya-era king Somdet Phra Sanphet VIII, also known as Phra Chao Suea (the Tiger King), the father of Muaythai. With over 60 countries joining in the celebration with events ranging from Krob Khru ceremonies, social responsibility events and so on, with the main event held in Thailand at the department of culture. The Minister of the Culture Ministry of Thailand, HE Mr Vira Rojpojchanarat, WMC President, General Chetta Thanajaro, and IFMA President, Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan presided over the ceremony. The international community was represented by IFMA General Secretary Mr Stephan Fox, Vice President of FAMA ,Dato’ Shahnaz Azmi of Malaysia, and the Vice President of the European Muaythai Federation, Mr Detlef Turnau.
February 6 will an auspicious day for the Muaythai community around the world as it marks the historical coronation date of the Ayutthaya-era king Somdet Phra Sanphet VIII, also known as Phra Chao Suea (the Tiger King), the father of Muaythai. Thailand is a country rich in culture and history and Muaythai has played a significant part in the shaping the culture and history of the Kingdom.
The World Games – under the patronage of the IOC – a quadrennial and multidisciplinary sports event, which showcase 35+ sports, and approximately 4,500 athletes and officials from 100 member countries, has become one of the major sporting events in the world. Sports trying to get into the Olympic Program will try to present themselves in the best possible way at this major sporting event.
Muaythai has achieved many milestones in the year 2014 with the SportAccord Spirit of Sport Award, the inclusion of Muaythai into official sport program of the World Games and just as the year ended, the Muaythai University World Cup was given the official patronage of Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU), the International University Sports Federation.
History will be made again on March the 16th 2015 when Thailand hosts the Muaythai University World Cup under patronage of Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU), the International University Sports Federation. The event will be sanctioned by IFMA in cooperation with the Amateur Muaythai Association of Thailand (AMTAT) under Royal Patronage, the University Sports Board of Thailand, and the Department of Physical Education.
Chommanee, the pride of Thailand and World Muaythai Angel Champion, truly made her country proud by winning the UNiTE Trophy at the Kings Cup gala event on the 5th of December.
Chommanee was strong in her semi-final bout against Martyna Krol from Poland. Both fighters showed great skill and heart in a highly competitive bout, but it was Chommanee in the end who won the close decision.
Just last month, the 2nd Cross Straits Hong Kong and Macau Muaythai Tournament took place in Hong Kong on November 1-2, 2014. Athletes from China, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong participated with in this highly entertaining tournament. It was a very successful competition for all the athletes involved with Hong Kong winning overall with 5 gold medals and 1 bronze medal in 6 different weight divisions.
In Honour of His Majesty’s 87th birthday, the Kings Cup and UNiTE Trophy will be shown free of charge on the Elite Boxing TV site, in English.
For the first time in the history of the Kings Cup, the World Muaythai Council under Royal Patronage, a Female Super 4 tournament is held as part of the Kings Cup gala event. A special trophy will be given to the winner by the WMC, IFMA and UNiTE. Muaythai is looking forward to use the power of sport to raise awareness in the joint campaign with UN Women to End Violence Against Women.
The World Muaythai Council, under Royal Patronage and the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur called a combined press conference to announce the 2014 Kings Cup Gala Event.
Special honour was given to Dr. Jarin Suankaew Chairman of the King’s Foundation, who opened the press conference, and gave a word of congratulations to the World Muaythai Council under Royal Patronage and delighted to have both the WMC and IFMA joining hands in this prestigious event.