The 2014 European Muaythai Championship held in Krakow, Poland from the 21st to the 28th of September will feature a record number of participating countries, and athletes. European General Secretary Rafal Szlachta stated that 40 countries are expected to participate in this event, with nearly 1,000 athletes and officials. He also stated that there is a 10% increase in the female participant ratio, which truly shows that female muaythai is has become more and more popular as male muaythai has already become.
Saint-Tropez is with no doubt one of the top vacation places in the world; it also became the centre of the Muaythai world last week. The FightNight was held under the patronage of Mlle Brigitte Bardot, promoted by Olivier Muller, president of the Swiss MuayThai Network, in one of the most beautiful locations in the world.
Saint-Tropez FightNight 2014 is a high profile event with various celebrities in attendance, and under the patronage of the legendary actress Brigitte Bardot. The main event is under the WMC and IFMA, together with the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign. Thai superstar and Muaythai Angel Champion Chommanee will be taking on the European Champion Irina Mazepa from Russia in the main women’s bout of the evening.
The legendary actress, singer and fashion model, Brigitte Bardot, now socially involved with her foundation for animal welfare, has lent her support to the Saint Tropez FightNight along with WMC, IFMA and UN.
Promoter Olivier Muller stated that this is an important event to create social awareness of the positive change and contribution sport can make to society. “This year is very special as we will celebrate Brigitte’s birthday this coming September. We all here in St Tropez, owe a lot to Brigitte and it is important for me to contribute to this ‘other fight’ against mistreatment of animals throughout the world.”
The WMC President said that this is an important event to show that muaythai is based on important values and that giving back is an important part of the sport and art-form.
Ping Ki Wong is one of the top technical officials of IFMA but also a stern supporter of the IFMA and WMC ‘Sport is your Gang’ and ‘Muaythai Against Drugs (MAD)’ campaign. 52 years young, he decided to raise money for charity and fought for the prestigious WMC MAD Belt in a special match verses David Kwon at the WMC ‘The One Legend’ event in Hong Kong.
Quention Chong, president of the South African Muaythai Association (SAMA) and the South African Amateur Muaythai Federation (SAAMF), and fellow muaythai athletes conducted a special Muaythai Aerobics event in South Africa for their National Youth Day on the 16th of June.
The sport of Muaythai has come a long way and IFMA, which has National Federations in over 120 countries and is fully recognized by SportAccord, the Olympic committee of Asia, the International World Games Association, and TAFISA, will be welcoming 30 national Olympic committees in Asia to send muaythai teams to compete in the upcoming 4th Asian Beach Games in Phuket.