Novo Mesto, Slovenia will be the center of Slovenia amateur Muaythai at the end of this month as the IMTL Finals will be held on the 30th of May in the Drska Sports Hall arena.
The IMTL has grown into one of the strongest regional amateur Muaythai competitions with 24 gyms from 12 different countries coming together to participate, compete and exchange friendship and culture through the art and sport of Muaythai. Read More
Phoenix was chosen to be the host city for the 2015 Final of the United States Muaythai Open Championship to unearth athletes that will represent America at the upcoming Royal World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand.
The United States Muaythai Federation (USMF) contracted Siam Fight Productions for the first qualifying U.S. Muaythai Open tournament for purposes to form the 2015 National Team. Read More
Sochi, Russia: The local organisers of the 2015 SportAccord Convention World Sport and Business Summit presented a grand spectacle for the international audiences during the opening ceremony of the event. Showcasing Russian culture and sports, the colourful ceremony was organised in the Iceberg Skating Palace inside the Olympic Park in Sochi.
IFMA will be representing Muaythai at the SportAccord Convention, in Sochi, Russia during the following week. The event will be the event where all sporting federations will converge in a massive week long convention that continues to shape the sporting world.
With the promise of bringing the sports world closer, the 2015 edition of the SportAccord Convention World Sport and Business Summit opened in Sochi in Russia today. The 5-day long event will see leaders from the world of sports, sports industry and sports associations converge on the Black Sea resort city from all corners of the globe.
With almost 3100 registered participants, the latest edition of the SportAccord Convention has broadened its scope to include in its fray participants from sports business and sports media. Read More
This year’s IFMA Muaythai University World Cup, under FISU patronage, has been a highly successful event, which was made possible through the cooperation of all the IFMA National Federations, organizers and all stakeholders involved.
The adage “A picture is worth a thousand words,” is well known and we are all familiar as to how a simple picture can convey complex ideas and emotions to the audience. We’ll leave you with images from the final night of fights, courtesy of ZRS Gamboa Photography. Thank you once again to all the participants, coaches and officials for competing and working together to bring the cultural art and sport of Muaythai to the highest sporting recognition.
Lausanne, Switzerland: SportAccord recently announced that the third edition of the World Combat Games will be organised in Lima, Peru in the end of 2017. The agreement to organise the event in the capital city of Peru was signed between Marius L. Vizer, president of SportAccord and José Quiñones González, the president of the Peru Olympic Committee.
Organised with the full support of the International Federations, the World Combat Games are due to be composed of 16 sports, 6 of which are in the Olympics and the remaining 10 are non-Olympic sports. Over 2500 athletes in 33 disciplines and 135 categories will participate in the 2017 edition of the event in Lima. The event will be broadcast live around the world in over 100 territories and also streamed live over the internet, apart from highlights and news coverage. Read More
In IFMA tradition, an important function and party was held for all the athletes, officials, and volunteers to come together in friendship as there are no losers in Muaythai. The party was hosted by IFMA President Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan and the Director General of the Department of Physical Education of Thailand, Dr Patanachart Kridiborworn in a grand ball room with great entertainment, smiling faces all around, and athletes mingling together. Friendship is the most important part of the sport. In Muaythai, we never look down on anyone, only to help people back on their feet.
As in every IFMA events, outstanding awards were given at the closing of the 2015 IFMA Muaythai University World Cup, under patronage of FISU. This time, the honour of handing out awards went to the FISU Director of World University Championships, Paulo Ferreira, Director General of the Department of Physical Education of Thailand, Dr Patanachart Kridiborworn, and IFMA President, Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan.
The closing ceremony for the 2015 IFMA Muaythai University World Cup was as spectacular as the opening ceremony. Presided over by Her Excellency Minister of Tourism and Sport, FISU Director of World University Championships, Director General of the Department of Physical Education, President of the Thailand University Sports Board, representative of SportAccord, and many others. It was a sentimental moment when Mr Paulo Ferreira, FISU Director of World University Championships, made a closing speech on behalf of FISU as the FISU flag was lowered and the anthem “Gaudeamus igitur” was played for the last time, then the Thai royal band played the Thai National anthem to lower the flags and then played the final song to pay respect to His Majesty the king.
The 2015 Muaythai University World Cup, under patronage of FISU, was conducted successfully from the 16th to the 23rd of March, and the final day of bouts proved to be the icing on the cake. The 23rd evening was another eventful evening with a packed arena; the VIP section was filled with dignitaries, and honour was given by both the Minister and Deputy Minister of Tourism and Sport in Thailand, who sat ringside at the event which made Thailand and IFMA proud.
Social responsibility is an important part of Muaythai, and IFMA was awarded for its commitment to making the world a better place by receiving the 2014 SportAccord Spirit of Sport award for the Sport is Your Gang campaign.
What better occasion could there be during the competition week at the 2015 Muaythai University World Cup, than to take all VIPs and participating National Federations to visit one of the Thailand locations of the worldwide project.
On the 22nd of March, the Forum on Youth, Education and Sports could only be hailed a great success. The forum was part of IFMA’s first ever Muaythai University World Cup 2015, under the patronage of FISU and was organised by IFMA and the Institute of Physical Education. A part of IFMA”s social responsibility, 2 forums will be organised every year in venue around the world. The last successful forum was held in Langkawi, Malaysia and this year Thailand is honoured to the proud hosts of the forum.
The forum opened with welcome notes from the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sport Dr Suwat Sidthilaw, The Director of Student Capacity and Development Group for the University Sports Board, Mr Chatchai Srivilai and our very own IFMA President, Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan which were followed by a very informative keynote by Mr Paulo Ferreira, the World University Championship Director from FISU. Representing the University Sports Board, we had Assistant Professor Mr Tavorn Kamutsri, who delivered facts on Thailand’s involvement with university sports games and how Thailand hosted the 2007 Universiade.
The arena at the National Stadium, Bangkok was filled to capacity for the 3rd evening in a row with spectators participating in the electrifying atmosphere of Muaythai. Team Thailand moved on to the next stage with hard fought wins in the female divisions. Australia, Sweden, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Russia, Poland, Belarus, Morocco, and Algeria all advanced to the next stage of the competition.
The athletes are really stepping it up as the semifinals approach and the spectators are really looking forward to a night of exciting bouts as the athletes compete with honour, respect, excellence, fair-play, and tradition. Stay posted for more updates on the IFMA Muaythai University World Cup, under FISU patronage!