And The Winner Is: Lima, Peru 2017 World Combat Games

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

Farewell to an Outstanding Event

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.

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Special IFMA/FISU Awards for the 2015 MUWC

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.

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Curtain Goes Down on a Truly Memorable Event

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.

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An Electrifying Night for the Finals of the FISU IFMA MUWC

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.

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2015 MUWC Participants Team Up for IFMA’s Bangkok SIYG Campaign

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.

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IFMA’s Youth Education and Sports Forum Received with Enthusiasm

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.

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MUWC Semi Finals Results

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Another Evening of Exciting Bouts at Day 3 of the MUWC

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!

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Full House at Day 2 of the IFMA MUWC

The arena was packed again at the IFMA Muaythai University World Cup, under patronage of FISU. There were many exciting bouts and many fights receive standing ovations for world-class performances. Team Thailand came back with strong support after losing on day 1, taking some important decision with wins over Russia, Turkmenistan, Vietnam, and Turkey. Despite coming away with impressive wins, they lost the main fight of the day, which was the female fight, one of the best fights of the day, against France.

Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Chinese Taipei, Russia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Poland, Israel, Morocco, and Belarus all had athletes who advanced to the next round. The ring is free for day 3, the quarterfinal day which will bring the athletes closer to medal standings, and everyone is looking forward to another electrifying evening of competition.

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The Sporting World Congratulates IFMA on the FISU MUWC

Muaythai under IFMA has truly gained worldwide recognition, respect, and excellence in the world of sports. Many dignitaries have congratulated IFMA on the FISU-patronized Muaythai University World Cup, such as the Privy Councilor of His Majesty the King, the Prime Minister of Thailand, Minister of Education, Minister of Tourism and Sport, President of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand, President of the World Muaythai Council, President of FISU, IOC Executive Board Member, President of the Association of NOCs and Olympic Committee of Asia, President of SportAccord, President of the World Games, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Director General of the Department of Physical Education, CEO of FISU, President of the University Sports Board of Thailand, UN Women, and many others.

Thank you to all the dignitaries, and thank you to all our partners in the Olympic and sporting family. We promise you that we will continue on our five pillars: respect, honour, tradition, excellence, and fair play.

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First Day of Fights Create an Electrifying Atmosphere at 2015 MUWC

All seats were filled and there was only standing space left at the arena for Thursday evening at the IFMA Muaythai University World Cup, under patronage of FISU. There were many exciting bouts throughout the evening with team Thailand losing 3 of their major players to athletes from Israel, Russia, and Kazakhstan. In other weight divisions, Thailand kept their pride alive by beating Brazil, Turkey, and Mexico.

There were so many other close fights, with Sweden and Poland winning all their fights in the preliminary bouts. Switzerland, Turkmenistan, Malaysia, Australia, and Vietnam, all had athletes making it into the second round of competitive bouts.

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Her Excellency Sports Minister Greets the Muaythai World

Thailand Tourism and Sports Minister, Her Excellency Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, officially opened the first ever Muaythai University World Cup, under FISU patronage, which will take place from March the 16th to 23rd 2015. Her Excellency welcomed all the VIPs from FISU, embassies, and IFMA to the event, before proceeding on to join in the opening festivities.

Thank you your Excellency, the Royal Thai Government, and the Department of Physical Education for your strong support.

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A Historic Night for Muaythai

The opening ceremony of the first ever Muaythai University World Cup, under patronage of FISU, will stay in the memories of everyone involved forever, especially the athletes. The ceremony included so many breath-taking moments, the performances included a mix of traditional and cultural exchange, and an awe-inspiring show by Thailand’s famous Muaythai Live performers. Read More