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





*Teams that have been staying in over-flow hotels can check-out and bring their bags to concierge at Official Hotel at 9 AM. Ambassador Hotel staff will be standing by in the respective lobbies to assist your move. You can check-in to the Official Hotel starting 12 Noon. 

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

From the Closing Ceremony to Bangkok

With the spirit of the 2016 Olympic Games burning inside them, Team Brazil boarded their plane to the IFMA Youth World Championships of 2016. With the entire Brazilian team watching the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games, inspired by outstanding performances of athletes from around the world, the Brazilian Youth Team proudly took off from Rio de Janerio en route to Bangkok. 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

One Week Countdown Toward the 2016 IFMA Youth World Championship Has Begun!

President Dr.Sakchye Tapsuwan stated that it is a true honour for Thailand to be hosting for the first time the Youth World Championships and that the country takes pride in welcoming all participants from all five continents. He also added that Thailand has big shoes to fill after past successful events in Malaysia, Russia and Istanbul. Read More

Turkey Names Youth Squad

Over 2000 participants from all Turkey states participated in the qualification rounds for the 2016 IFMA World Championships. The forty winners will proudly wear the Turkish national uniform when they board their flight from Istanbul to Bangkok next week. Hasan Yildiz, the vice-president of the Turkish Muaythai Association said that grass roots youth development is important for Turkish Muaythai to build for the future and ensure that Turkey will continue to be one of the leading countries in the Muaythai world. Read More

Muaythai: The Focus of Kazakhstan’s Youth Day

Kazakhstan Muaythai Federation took part in celebrating Youth Day in its capital city, Astana. The young athletes demonstrated the fundamentals values of the sport such as its cultural aspect and its deep history. Read More

Baghdad Hosts Iraqi Championships

Muaythai has been gaining more and more popularity in Iraq, and the national team has its sights set on garnering more international success in Bangkok where they have entered a big team to compete at the upcoming Youth World Championships. Read More

America brings a Youth team to Bangkok!

America is sending a youth team this year with over 20 boxers travelling to Bangkok for the Youth Championships. Read More

Nili Block – Unshakable Spirit for World Games Dream

Nili Block is one of the most outstanding female athletes in the world but she is also one of the most outstanding social activists in her home country Israel contributing to raising the sport from the grass roots. Read More

Australia is Getting Ready for the Youth World Championships

A big team of 80 people is coming for the Youth World Championships from Australia with parents, coaches, spectators coming to support the youth and show again the spirit of Australian Muaythai. Read More

IFMA Congratulates Ski Mountaineering

After being granted provisional recognition in April 2014, the International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF) has been granted full recognition by the International Olympic Committee at the 129th IOC Session in Rio. Read More

IFMA President Congratulates Dr Ching-Kuo Wu on Re-election to IOC Executive Board

IFMA President Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan, who has served for nearly 20 years as AIBA Vice President, sends his best wishes to his old colleague, the President of the International Boxing Association Dr Ching-Kuo Wu who was re-elected to IOC Executive Board at the IOC Executive Board meeting in Rio. Read More