Muaythai Enters FISU

On the 22nd of April, at the SportAccord Convention and Business Summit, Muaythai signed the official contract with FISU for full recognition. The official contract was signed with FISU President, Mr Claude-Louis Gallien and IFMA President, Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan in front of over 200 representatives from the Olympic Family, SportAccord and World Games.

Dr Tapsuwan stated, “Exchanging sport, education and culture is an important platform of the Olympic movement and FISU has done such outstanding work since 1949, we truly thank them for their trust, we will not disappoint and will continue to use the power of sport to make a positive contribution to society. Read More

IFMA General Secretary Stephan Fox Elected as President of AIMS

The Alliance of Independent Members of SportAccord (AIMS), one of the partner groups of SportAccord Convention representing 23 Non-Olympic recognised sports in SportAccord held it’s General Assembly at the SAC 2015 with the main agenda of electing a President. Mr Stephan Fox emerged victorious and is not only the new president of AIMS but also a SportAccord Council Member.

The new president revealed the importance of working with National federations to promote AIMS sports at the grassroots level and to highlight ethical and cultural issues. Fox warned of the need to protect member federations as a means of supporting all the athletes especially against rival groups and he will work closely together with SportAccord, IWGA, FISU and the IOC to ensure success. Read More

IFMA Congratulates Marius Vizer

Sochi, Russia: The SportAccord General Assembly convened at the SportAccord World Sport and Business Summit on Monday 20 April 2015 with the presidential elections on top of the agenda. Incumbent president, Marius Vizer was the only unchallenged candidate for the post and won the re-election in a unanimous vote. This is Mr. Vizer’s first full 4-year term as SportAccord President, having been elected to the post for the first time in 2013 for a 2-year term.

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Muaythai Preparing for the 2015 SportAccord Convention

The sport of Muaythai, under the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur, has been a proud member of SportAccord (formerly known as GAISF) since 2006 and has been an active and present exhibitor at every convention since then. Officially recognized by the IOC, SportAccord is the umbrella organisation for all (Olympic and non-Olympic) international sports federations as well as organisers of multi-sports games and sport-related international associations. IFMA has been in every SportAccord Convention from Seoul to Beijing, Athens to Denver, Dubai to London, and St. Petersburg to Antalya just last year.

This year, IFMA will be going to Sochi to once again attend the convention from April 19-24, and will represent Muaythai, the cultural art and competition sport in order to take Muaythai to the highest sporting recognition. A huge IFMA delegation from around the world will travel to Sochi, lead by IFMA President, Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan.

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Pernilla Johansson Elected as New President of Swedish Muaythai

Pernilla Johannson needs no introduction in the world of female Muaythai. She made her way up through the ranks from the Swedish, to the Nordic, to IFMA and WMC World Champion. After her impressive career and outstanding accomplishments in the ring, Pernilla continued her journey in the sport at the Swedish Muaythai Federation and began work in her social involvement through Frysbox. She also became the Chairwoman of the IFMA Youth Commission, and was the winner of the 2014 Spirit of Muaythai award for her outstanding contribution to Muaythai and the community.

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2015 Royal World Cup Press Conference

Over 200 participants from national federations, national and international press joined the press conference for the 2015 IFMA Royal World Cup. History will be made in Thailand from August 13-22, when for the first time, the 3 Royal Cups given to Muaythai will come together for one major event.

His Majesty the King’s trophy will be given to the best male national team, Her Majesty the Queen’s trophy will go to the best female national team, and HRH the Crown Prince’s trophy will go to the best junior team. Read More

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

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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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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SportAccord opens first regional headquarters in Moscow

SportAccord proudly announced the opening of its first regional headquarters in Moscow, Russia. The regional headquarters were inaugurated on Monday, March 16 in the presence of distinguished sporting officials, sport legends and special guests, including SportAccord president, Marius L. Vizer; SportAccord Convention executive committee member, Arkady Rotenberg; Russia’s sports minister, Vitaly Mutko; Russian Olympic Committee president, Alexander Zhukov; Gymnastics legend, Nadia Comaneci; athletics champion, Yelena Isinbayeva; tennis legend, Ilie Nastase; former Russian tennis star, Elena Dementieva; wrestling legend, Aleksandr Karelin; swimming champion, Camelia Potec; FIFA World Cup winning captain, Lothar Matthaus; SportAccord Multi-Sport Games chairman, Timur Kulibayev; sport marketing legend, Ion Tiriac; SportAccord council members,  Antonio Espinos and Raffaele Chiulli; and judo hall of famer, Ezio Gamba.

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Time to Get Serious

39 countries were present in the team manager meeting of the first ever Muaythai University World Cup, under the patronage of FISU, in Bangkok, Thailand. IFMA President, Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan, gave a warm welcoming speech to all the vising countries, stating that another historical moment was made with Muaythai being honoured by FISU patronage.

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IFMA FISU Muaythai University World Cup

History will be made in Bangkok with the first FISU-patronized Muaythai University World Cup. Athletes from 43 countries will participate in this event, with 43 being the exact number of countries that participated in the first ever Summer Universiade, which took place in Turin, Italy in 1959.

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IFMA Muaythai University World Cup: Press Conference Video Highlights

Check out the IFMA Muaythai University World Cup press conference video highlights from earlier today!

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Full House at the FISU Muaythai University World Cup Press Conference

History will be made on the 17th of March when Thailand will host the first ever Muaythai University World Cup. The event is organised by the Government of Thailand, the Department of Physical Education, the Thailand University Sports Board, and the Amateur Muaythai Authority of Thailand (AMTAT) under Royal Patronage, with the support of the World Muaythai Council also under Royal Patronage, sanctioned by the world governing body, the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) and patronized by FISU.

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