The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) held the first Asian Indoor Games in 2005 in Bangkok, which marked a milestone for Muaythai, as it was included in this exciting sporting development. The second AIG was held in Macau in 2007 and the third AIG in Hanoi in 2009.
Simultaneously, the OCA developed the Asian Martial Arts Games, held for the first time in 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.
After three editions of the Asian Indoor Games and one edition of the Asian Martial Arts Games, the OCA decided to merge the two events, creating the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, which will be held every four years starting from 2013. The first Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games will be held from 29 June to 6 July, 2013 in Incheon, South Korea.
The 4th AIMAG will take place in Incheon, Korea, in 2013 as a test event for the 17th Asian Games in 2014. IFMA and its Asian continental association FAMA, along with the Korean National Muaythai Federation, are all working hard in preparation for an uplifting sporting experience.
The 5th AIMAG has already been awarded to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in 2017.
The Indoor Games feature popular, TV and viewer-friendly sports which are not on the Olympic Games programme, for example dance sport and electronic gaming (E-Sports).