2015 IFMA Muaythai University World Cup Poster Unveiled

The first ever 2015 IFMA Muaythai University World Cup, under patronage of The Fédération internationale du sport universitaire (FISU or International University Sports Federation), will be held in Bangkok from the 16th to the 23rd of March, 2015. The event is organized by the Amateur Muaythai Association of Thailand, under Royal Patronage and under the sanctioning of the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) the world recognized sanctioning body for amateur Muaythai, the World Muaythai Council (WMC) under Royal Patronage, and in cooperation with the University Sports Board of Thailand and the Department of Physical Education of Thailand.

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IFMA General Secretary Visits Lausanne

The IFMA General Secretary, Stephan Fox, together with the IFMA Executive Board member, Sherzod Tashmatov also President of the Uzbekistan Boxing Federation, made an important visit to the Olympic city of Lausanne.

Many important meetings took place such as meetings with the IOC Executive Board member and President of AIBA, Dr CK Wu, one of the most outstanding sport personalities to discuss and continue the cooperation, especially within the World Combat Games group.

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Kings Cup 2014 Press Conference

The World Muaythai Council, under Royal Patronage and the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur called a combined press conference to announce the 2014 Kings Cup Gala Event.

Special honour was given to Dr. Jarin Suankaew Chairman of the King’s Foundation, who opened the press conference, and gave a word of congratulations to the World Muaythai Council under Royal Patronage and delighted to have both the WMC and IFMA joining hands in this prestigious event.

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2014 WMC Kings Cup Trailer

Here is the trailer for the 2014 WMC Kings Cup, which will be held on: Friday, December 5th, 2014, Sanam Luang Bangkok, starting at 18.00. Courtesy of Elite Boxing TV.

Don’t miss it!


Muaythai Receives Royal Patronage

The World Muaythai Council, the world governing body for the art and sport of Muaythai has received the highest possible honour any organization can receive in the Kingdom of Thailand; the Royal Patronage of His Majesty, the King of Thailand.

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FIGHTNIGHT and Muaythai are getting the support of Brigitte Bardot!

The legendary actress, singer and fashion model, Brigitte Bardot, now socially involved with her foundation for animal welfare, has lent her support to the Saint Tropez FightNight along with WMC, IFMA and UN.


Promoter Olivier Muller stated that this is an important event to create social awareness of the positive change and contribution sport can make to society. “This year is very special as we will celebrate Brigitte’s birthday this coming September. We all here in St Tropez, owe a lot to Brigitte and it is important for me to contribute to this ‘other fight’ against mistreatment of animals throughout the world.”

The WMC President said that this is an important event to show that muaythai is based on important values and that giving back is an important part of the sport and art-form.

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IFMA World Championships 2014 | Set-Up & Accreditations

There’s only a few more days before 2014’s IFMA World Championships, situated in one of the worlds most tranquil islands, Langkawi in Maylaysia. We are working around the clock to bring you one of the biggest event in the world of Muaythai. Here are some pictures to help get into the vibe and buzz we are experiencing here on the beautiful island of Langkawi. Stand by for more updates.

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Nai Khanom Tom Wai Kru Ceremony

March 17 is Nai Khanom Tom day. This auspicious event will take place in the old capital city of Thailand. Ayuthaya. The event is organized by the Kru Muay association. The main organizer and chairperson of Kru Muay Association Chinawut Sirisompan stated that this is an important day for all Muaythai and Muay Boran enthusiasts to be a part of. The president of the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (under royal patronage) Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan and the General Secretary of IFMA and WMC Vice President Stephan Fox will be part of the VIP’s for the ceremony. Ayuthaya will also host the Muay Boran World Championships from the 13th to the 22nd of March.

Here is a little historical anecdote about our Muaythai Legend, Nai Khanom Tom…. Read More

Sport Integrity: IFMA officially launches SportAccord World Combat Games E-learning Programme

This morning, September 13th in Bangkok, Thailand, marks the official world launch of the World Combat Games Programme, called “RealPlayer”.

RealPlayer is aSport Integrity online education coursedeveloped by SportAccord, and specifically tailored for the athletes participating to the upcoming World Combat Games (WCG) taking place from October 18th-26th in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) has the honour of launching the program on behalf of SportAccord and will be the first of the 15 International Federations involved in the WCG to widely raise awareness among its officials and athletes about the importance and value of such education programs. The WCG sports are: Aikido, Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Ju-jitsu, Karate, Kendo, Kickboxing, Muaythai, Sambo, Savate, Sumo, Taekwondo, Wrestling and Wushu.

In a cooperative process, SportAccord, the World Combat Games organizers and the 15 Federations agreed to make the e-learning program mandatory for all athletes competing in the WCG.

IFMA is committed to joining the global fight to uphold sport integrity, and is proud to be able to play a role.

The Chairman of the WCG, Mr. Sergey Soloveychik, and the President of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand, General YuthasakSasiprapha, will open the launch ceremony at the Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel, Bangkok. Representatives from 10 of the 15 WCG Federations, universities, embassies, Muaythai athletes, and 75 of IFMA’s member countries will be the live audience introduced to the program which WCG athletes will be completing in the coming weeks.

Sport integrity issues, such as illegal sports betting and match-fixing, appear more and more frequently on the world stage, and it is necessary that international sport federations take the lead in providing their stakeholders with the resources to educate and protect themselves. The WCG are a great opportunity to join forces.

The increasing popularity of martial arts and combat sports worldwide is a driver for sophisticated criminal networks to find growing interest in targeting those sports and invest in a similar way as they have already in other world sports. With this significant “RealPlayer” step, the 15 Federations demonstrate that they are aware of the challenges which lie ahead.  The moment to take action is now. SportAccord is committed to support the move, and IFMA looks forward to be a driving force in the process.


Masha and the Bear… The 2013 WCG’s Endearing Mascots Make Their Debut!

On march 4th at the unveiling of the WCG’s logo in the President Hall of RIA «Novosti» agency, the lovable cartoon characters of “Masha and the Bear” became the official WCG mascots.

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Muaythai included in the fourth Asian Beach Games

More fantastic news has come through for the sport of muaythai: the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has included Muaythai in the Asian Beach Games, set to occur in Phuket, Thailand, in 2014.

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Elisa Salinas, South America’s “Queen of Reality TV”, shows heart for Sport Is Your Gang

Elisa Salinas needs no introduction in the realm of the silver screen: she is one of the world’s leading television producers, with many Hollywood productions under her belt, affectionately known as the “Queen of Reality TV” in South America.

She has produced over fifty telenovelas (the Spanish term for the very popular form of soap operas) and reality shows.

Yet what many people don’t know is that Elisa is also a huge fan and practitioner of Muaythai, which explains her healthy look and strong fitness level!

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Million Baht Babes: A new series in the making

After the nomination of The Challenger Muaythai for an International Emmy Award, a new Muaythai reality show will hit the waves soon, this time featuring female Muaythai in Million Baht Babes.

Three girls who have never fought in professional Muaythai, and who, in fact had very little prior knowledge of the art and sport, traveled to Thailand to complete a rigorous training program.  Hailing from Australia is Muaythai hopeful Sammy, together with Rachel from England and Micky representing Germany. Read More