Muaythai is a combat sport and martial art which integrates sport, cultural understanding, and education. Already recognized by SportAccord, the Olympic Council of Asia, the International World Games Association, and TAFISA, another world sporting organization, Fédération internationale du sport universitaire (FISU) has recognized Muaythai and included it in their World University Championship sport program.
The first FISU Muaythai University World Cup, staged two months ago in Bangkok, was held from 16th to the 23rd of March and was hailed as a major success. Personal congratulatory messages were sent to IFMA from FISU President Mr Claude Louis Gallien, IOC Exec Board Member and AIBA President Ching Kuo Wu, ANOC and OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, SportAccord President Marius Vizer, IOC member and IWGA President JJosé Perurena López, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan H.E. Karim Massimov, UN Women Regional Programme Manager, Ending Violence Against Women Mrs Anna Karin Jatfors, the Prime Minister of Thailand H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.), and so many more leaders from the sporting world. Read More
It has been six years since Thailand had the honour to host an IFMA World Cup. 2011 saw an outstanding championship in Uzbekistan, 2012 was Russia, 2013 was the year of the World Combat Games, and 2014 saw 101 countries travelling to Langkawi, Malaysia. For this year, 2015, Thailand has won the bid, and it will be the biggest single-sporting event in the history of Thailand with the greatest awards given: the three Royal Trophies in one event.
His Majesty the King’s Trophy will be presented to the best male national team, Her Majesty the Queen’s Trophy will be presented to the best female national team, and His Royal Highness the Prince’s Trophy will be given to the presented to the best junior team. The Royal World Cup is scheduled for the 13th to the 22nd of August 2015. Read More
The official log of the upcoming 2016 IFMA World Championships in Jönköping, Sweden has been launched!
Following the success of the 2014 IFMA World Championships in Langkawi Malaysia, as well as the momentum from the 2015 IFMA Muaythai University World Cup and the 2015 Royal World Cup, Sweden will be looking to keep the tradition of respect, honour, excellence, and fair play alive at the IFMA World Championships. Read More
IFMA and the world of Muaythai would like to congratulate IWGA President José Perurena on his election to the ASOIF board. The election took place at the recent SportAccord Convention.
The ASOIF is the Association of all the International Federations involved in the Summer Olympic Games. Mr Perurena (also President of the International Canoe Federation) was elected as the new ASOIF Council Member by means of a coin toss after two ties in votes with Chungwon Choue (World Taekwando Federation). Read More
The inaugural SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Federation and Association Award was high on the agenda at the Sport and Business Convention in Sochi, Russia. A twelve-month detailed analysis and consultation with expert judges was conducted on a total of thirty International Federations and Associations which made the original cut for the prestigious title, which was eventually narrowed down to the top 10.
The 10 finalists for the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Federation and Association Award was published and Muaythai is filled with joy as it is one of the top 10. The top 10 lists included FEI (Equestrianism), FIBA (Basketball), FIH (Hockey), FIS (Skiing), the ICC (Cricket), IFMA (Muaythai), IJF (Judo), the IOC (Olympics), IPC (Paralympics), and ITTF (Table Tennis). Read More
The beautiful sport loving country of Sweden will host the IFMA WC 2016 from 19 to 29 of May in Jönköping.
After St. Petersburg 2013, Malaysia 2014, and Bangkok 2015 the event will move back to Europe into one of the most beautiful countries.
The final contract has been signed between IFMA President Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan, and the representative of the Organising Committee Daniel Norrgard, in front of a packed press conference with representative of IFMA partners such as FISU, SportAccord, UN Women and so many others. Read More
The President of the Olympic Committee of Peru, Mr José Quiñones González, chaired the first meeting for the upcoming 2018 World Combat Games, together with SportAccord President, Mr Marius L. Vizer. The 2018 World Combat Games will be held in Lima, Peru, and the SportAccord Convention was the perfect location to hold a meeting where representatives from the various world combat sports would be able to attend.
Representatives from the 16 Olympic and non-Olympic martial arts and combat sports were present at the meeting to discuss and plan for the upcoming World Combat Games. Read More
The annual World Games Meeting was held during the SportAccord Convention in Sochi Russia where the world of sport came together to meet as one. Muaythai was represented at the worldwide sport meeting by IFMA President, Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan who was able to contribute to the meeting on behalf of the Muaythai community.
IFMA General Secretary, Stephan Fox, and IFMA Sport Director, Charissa Tynan, were also present at the important meeting to represent Muaythai. Along with the IFMA representatives, the Director General of the Department of Physical Education of Thailand, Dr Patanachart Kridiborworn, was also present at the meeting on invitation of IFMA. Read More
The SportAccord Awards gala event at the SportAccord Convention was a huge success with delegates and representatives from the sporting world, ambassadors, and athletes present at the world ceremony.
It was a celebration of sport and athletes as the inaugural edition of the SportAccord Euronews Awards was organized in Sochi in Russia. Read More
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
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
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.
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.
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.