History has been made again for the sport of muaythai with its inclusion as an official Beach Games sport for the 2016 Beach Games in Vietnam. IFMA President Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan considers this an important event for Asian federations under the Olympic Committee of Asia and that Muaythai has been one of the most successful sports at the last Asian Beach Games in Phuket.
Special credit must go out to the Vietnam Muay Federation, the National Olympic Committee of Vietnam, the Vietnamese Government and certainly the Olympic Committee of Asia, which already recognised muaythai under IFMA back in 1998.
Currently, discussions are in place to also make this event the official qualifier for Asia for the 2017 World Games.
Thank you Vietnam. Congratulations to all the Asian Member Federations. Another event under the Olympic flag!
At the General Assembly of the Asian Olympic Committee in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan Vice President of the Olympic Council of Asia, Professor Hoang Vinh Giang from Vietnam, made an impressive presentation on the 5thedition of the Asian Beach Games, which will be held from 24th of September to the 3rd of October 2016 in Da Nang City.
Muaythai is one of the 14 sports included at these games, which is under the banner of the Olympic Council of Asia and around 35 Asian National Olympic Committees are expected to send teams for the Muaythai Competition. Da Nang with one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world is renowned for their beautiful beaches and is therefore the perfect destination for beach sports.
‘Shining sea, bright future’ is the official slogan of the 5th Asian Beach Games. It will be the second time for Vietnam to host an Asia level multi-sports event, after Hanoi held Asian Indoor Games (2009) and Southeast Asian Games (2003).
Organisers of the 2016 Asian Beach Games in Danang have held a ceremony to mark one-year-to-go until the event is set to begin in the Vietnamese city.
The celebration involved the unveiling of a countdown clock at Ngo Quyen Street and Pham Van Dong Street, which features the Games logos and displays the number of days, hours, minutes and seconds left until the fifth edition of the Asian Beach Games gets underway.