Muaythai in the World Games 2017

In 2013 IFMA became a proud member of the International World Games Association at the annual General Assembly of IWGA in St.Petersburg at the SportAccord Convention 2013. History was made yet again at this year’s AGM when muaythai was included into the Official Sports Program amongst 29 other sports participating in 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland.

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IFMA President, Dr.Sakchye Tapsuwan thanked the IWGA Executive Board for their faith in Muaythai and expressed his deep gratitude towards the IFMA General Secretary, Stephan Fox, Rafal Szlachta, the IFMA Sports Director Charissa and everyone involved in seeing IFMA through this historical chapter.

The official IWGA flag was presented to IFMA President Dr.Sakchye Tapsuwan by IWGA Board Member Tom Dielen at the SportAccord Convention today. Mr.Dielen kindly congratulated IFMA for their inclusion into the 2017 World Games and the federation is looking forward to their participation in the event that will be held in Wroclaw, Poland.


The 1st General Information Meeting of the World Games 2017 for International Federations’ Competition Managers took place in Wroclaw on November 20-22.

IFMA and muaythai was represented at the meeting by the EMF Secretary General and the President of the Polish Muaythai Federation, Rafal Szlachta and IFMA Head Technical Delegate and President of the Russian Muaythai Federation Dmitry Putilin.


The meeting was opened with the welcoming word of IWGA President, José Perurena in which he expressed a wish to hold nothing but the best World Games in the history of the Games. President Perurena outlined the course for close cooperation with the International Olympic Committee. Former IWGA President, Ron Froehlich also delivered a welcome address in which he noted that the spirit of fair play was the essence of the IWGA community and called for the unity of all member federations towards ensuring its presence throughout the event.


Hermann Kewitz, IWGA Press Officer made a presentation on the Press and Media and its requirements for the World Games 2017. Mr. Kewitz made a special emphasis on the necessity for all federations to promote the World Games events at all available social media and made a comparison of social webpage of the World Games 2017 and again drew participants’ attention to the leading example of IFMA and its successful outreach via Facebook.

COLORADA SPRINGS (29/08/2014) The International World Games Association (IWGA) has presented the sport programme for the 10th World Games in Wroclaw (Poland) in 2017.

A total of 27 sports will be showcased at the multi-sport event from 3 August to 13 August 2017 in Wroclaw with its more than 640,000 inhabitants, capital of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship. Muaythai will make its debut in the official competition programme. During the ten competition days, about 170 medal events will be on the programme. The official programme was developed in close cooperation with the IWGA Member Federations and the Wroclaw Local Organising Committee.

The IWGA expects that nearly 3,500 participants from about 100 countries will fight for the medals at The World Games 2017.


The 10th edition of the World Games is set to be one of the biggest sport events in Poland and the city of Wroclaw will become a place of unforgettable sport performances where more than 4000 participants from more than 100 countries together with hundreds of thousand fans will gather to celebrate excellence and fair play.

The World Games web site reported that The 2015 Royal World Cup held 13-23 August kicked-off the process of qualifying athletes for The World Games.

The 2015 Royal World Cup in Muaythai, Bangkok (THA) will be the first qualification event for The World Games 2017 in Poland. The whole process for all the 31 sports on the programme in Wroclaw will be completed in January 2017.

Within the next 16 month after the Royal World Cup 2015 there are more than 200 different qualification events scheduled. IWGA President José Perurena stressed the importance of this process managed by the international federations: “Our member federations must bring the very best athletes in their sports and disciplines. We want to demonstrate that our sports are on the same level as the Olympic sports.”


For example, the gold medalists in the different weight classes at the 2015 Royal World Cup will be nominated by the Muaythai Federation (IFMA) for the multi-sport event in Wroclaw/Poland.

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