IFMA’s Young Athletes UNiTE to End Violence Against Women

Young Muay Thai fighters pose before the IFMA youth conference. Photo: UN Women/Younghwa Choi

Young Muay Thai fighters pose before the IFMA youth conference. Photo: UN Women/Younghwa Choi

IFMA and the sport of Muaythai stands proud of its collaboration with UN Women Asia and the Pacific in the UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign.

We are proud of our champions who continue to be role models in changing and redefining attitudes towards women and girls.

Read about our latest collaboration with UN Women at our Youth Event in their latest story here – Enlisting the Fiercest of Young Fighters to Help End Violence against Women

Youth Conference on education and the future of sport!

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Athletes waiting for the conference – Afghanistan, Russia, Ukraine

After previous editions, in Turkey, Uzbekistan, Russia, Malaysia, it was Bangkok’s turn to host the Youth Conference as part of the Youth World Championship 2016.

The theme was Youth, Education and the Future of Sport. The ball room at the Ambassador Hotel was packed to capacity with 800 athletes and officials from all 5 continents listening to presentations.

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Dr Sakcyhe with a young athlete from Belarus and Stephan Fox an athlete from Libya after the conference!

YOuth Conference Brazil w Dr Sakcyhe

Mr Flavio Bettarello Brazil w IFMA President Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan

IFMA President, Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan welcomed all the delegates with IFMA Sports Director Charissa Tynan, on behalf of the IFMA International Office.

The representative of the Brazilian Embassy and Government, Mr Flavio Bettarello delivered a presentation on the 2016 Rio Olympics, Unity in Diversity.

Ms. Ornwipa Rugkhla, from UN Women spoke on Gender Equality and their partnership with IFMA, UNESCO’s Dr Sue Vize spoke on the partnership of IFMA and UNESCO on youth development and education.

IFMA General Secretary Mr Stephen Fox made a detailed presentation on IFMA’s continued vision for grassroots development and updated everyone on upcoming events involving the youth.

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Fun Fair a hit at the Youth World Championships!

3108 Funfair 4A fun fair was organised for all the youth participating in the IFMA Youth World Championship, with over 20 different games. And so the kids had a chance to play against each other in a fun way.

Some sports from the AIMS family were included like Darts, where Australia and Uzbekistan went head to head. This followed the earlier Sepak Takraw contest which saw Malaysia and Thailand playing across the net.

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Day 6 – the making of Champions!

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One of the many medal ceremonies – Thailand Russia, Vietnam and Kazakhstan :)

The final day of fights was a fitting end to a week of intense competition with so many close results bringing the crowd surging to their feet!

The closing ceremony was held in conjunction with the City of Bangkok, the Ministry for Tourism and Sport, the Department of Physical Education and the Amateur Muaythai Association of Thailand along with the world governing body of Amateur Muaythai IFMA. Read More

Day 5: UNESCO, gold medals, and dancing!

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Muay Boran team getting ready for their contest!

Today we went from the excitement of gold medal fights to the elegance of the Wai Khru with our first ever contest for this important part of our sport. And the day began with an inspiring meeting with UNESCO Bangkok and the signing of a partnerships agreement on youth and education. Read More

Day 4 – The future of our Muaythai family on show!

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Uzbekistan and Germany have a Wai Khru war before they fight!

Seventy-six matches, a record number for the Youth World Championships and eight hours of fantastic performances to the capacity crowd at the 2016 IFMA Youth World Championships. Read More

Day Two thrills and spills in the stadium!

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The best things come in 3s – Ukraine, New Zealand and Sweden!

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. Read More

Muaythai Athletes ring in the Youth World Championships

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Some of the countries at the IFMA Youth champs


The IFMA Youth World Championships 2016 opened with a colourful ceremony under the united message of, “One World, One Muaythai” advocating a message of respecting each other regardless of differences. 62 countries with proud athletes marched into a standing ovation and rousing applause from the stadium, chaired by the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Thailand HE Kobkarn Wattanvrangkul. Read More

Weigh-ins, check-ups and the Muaythai Family

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Over 1,000 athletes and support people registered today at the IFMA Youth World Championships, with many teams swollen by proud parents travelling to support their kids. Read More

Royal Thai government welcomes youth athletes to Bangkok

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Teams from 60 countries are arriving in Bangkok this week for the IFMA Youth championships confirmed by the world governing body IFMA.

The championships start tomorrow with the young athletes and their support arriving in the Thai capital this week. Up to 1,000 people are expected altogether. Many countries including Canada, Belgium and Australia arrived early to take advantage of the training opportunities in the city, Thailand being the home of Muaythai. Read More

IFMA Secretary General speaks on Muaythai at UN-Habitat event

It was a true honour for AIMS President, SportAccord Vice President and IFMA General Secretary Stephan Fox to have been invited during their time at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, to speak on the topic of Youth and Sustainable Development Goals at an exclusive event hosted by UN-Habitat and Nexus Brazil. Read More

The IFMA World Youth takes Bangkok by storm

The National Stadium came alive for the IFMA Royal World Cup 2015, when the youth from all 5 continents contested for the semi finals. Over 20 Bangkok schools came with buses packed with support for their Thai heroes, while the stadium was filled with supporters for all the junior teams. Read More

The 24th IFMA Annual General Assembly

96 fully recognised IFMA national federations, plus 24 prospective federations, representatives from sport authorities and governments took part at the 24th IFMA Annual General Meeting, which was filled to the last seat. Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan was re-elected as IFMA President and presentations from future host cities were made. Read More

Pan America is Coming!

Muaythai in Pan America is striving and all Pan American countries have finalised the qualifications for the upcoming Royal World Cup which is also the first official qualifier for 2017 World Games held under patronage of the International Olympic Committee. Read More