Valentina Shevchenko came in second in the recent voting for the IWGA Athlete of the Year 2014. With Muaythai being a new member in the World Games, this is a great achievement and recognition for the sport.
February 6th marked the day of the celebration of Muaythai in honour of the Ayutthaya-era king Somdet Phra Sanphet VIII, also known as Phra Chao Suea (the Tiger King), the father of Muaythai. With over 60 countries joining in the celebration with events ranging from Krob Khru ceremonies, social responsibility events and so on, with the main event held in Thailand at the department of culture. The Minister of the Culture Ministry of Thailand, HE Mr Vira Rojpojchanarat, WMC President, General Chetta Thanajaro, and IFMA President, Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan presided over the ceremony. The international community was represented by IFMA General Secretary Mr Stephan Fox, Vice President of FAMA ,Dato’ Shahnaz Azmi of Malaysia, and the Vice President of the European Muaythai Federation, Mr Detlef Turnau.
SportAccord recently launched a powerful showcase for all sports. Sports United, is a weekly magazine show for all Olympic and non-Olympic sports under the SportAccord umbrella. The show will go on-air every Thursday evening at 8.45 pm CET on Euronews and will run in a cyclical manner till Friday afternoon, showcasing a variety of sports.
Peace and Sport (l’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport), under patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, recently unveiled a new logo. To underpin its growing public recognition, the organization has launched an engaging new slogan “Be part of what matters” (in French “Participer à l’important”) accompanied by a more modern graphic identity.
A pioneer of the peace through sport movement, Peace and Sport enjoys great renown within the global sports community. Since 2007, the organization has worked in diplomatic circles and on the ground to promote and demonstrate the power of sport to foster dialogue and reconcile divided communities.
February 6 will an auspicious day for the Muaythai community around the world as it marks the historical coronation date of the Ayutthaya-era king Somdet Phra Sanphet VIII, also known as Phra Chao Suea (the Tiger King), the father of Muaythai. Thailand is a country rich in culture and history and Muaythai has played a significant part in the shaping the culture and history of the Kingdom.
The World Games 2021 will take place in Birmingham/Alabama/USA. This decision was announced by José Perurena, President of the International World Games Association, at noon on Thursday, 22 January 2015, at a press conference in the Mövenpick Hotel in Lausanne.
During its meetings on Wednesday the IWGA Executive Committee had made a final assessment of the Bids from Birmingham (USA), Lima (Peru) and Ufa (Russia), and evaluated the delegations’ final presentations. The IWGA Executive Board took the final decision on the host city for the 11th edition of this multi-sports event at its meeting on Thursday morning.
While the New Year has started with many activities planned for 2015 such as the Muaythai Day gala event, IFMA Muaythai University World Cup (under patronage of FISU), the African Championship in Morocco, the all-important Royal World Cup in Bangkok, and many more, last year marked many important milestones for Muaythai.
The International World Games Association (IWGA) will announce the host of the 2021 World Games later on today, with Birmingham, Alabama widely seen as the favourite in a three-horse race.
The US city, along with Peruvian capital Lima and Russian city Ufa, will present to the IWGA Executive Board at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne today before the Board makes the final decision, ahead of tomorrow’s announcement.
The Evaluation Commission for the three bid cities was headed by vice-president Max Bishop, with his six cohorts on the Executive Board, President José Perurena López, Treasurer Lukas Hinder, chief executive Joachim Gossow, and members Anna Arzhanova, Tom Dielen and Fumio Morooka, joining him to select the winner.
This decision will then be formally ratified by the IWGA Annual General Meeting in April.
IFMA President Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan greeted IFMA Executive Board member, former President of the Uzbek Muaythai Federation and now First Vice President of the Uzbekistan Boxing Federation Mr. Sherzod Tashmatov and the new president Uzbekhistan Muaythai Federation Mr Jahongir Boltaboev and the Secretary of the International Department Mr Bekhzod Mirtimirov.
After the successful first edition of the Silk Road Cup, a special meeting took place in Bangkok between IFMA Executive Board member, FAMA Vice President, Uzbekistan Martial Arts Federation President and First Vice President of the Uzbekistan Boxing Federation Mr. Sherzod Tashmatov, the President of the Uzbekhistan Muaythai Federation Mr Jahongir Boltaboev, the Secretary of the International Department Mr Bekhzod Mirtimirov, and IFMA General Secretary Stephan Fox, IFMA Sports Director Charissa Tynan and the IFMA International Office.
IFMA Vice President Mr. Driss El Hilali attended a joint meeting at the IFMA International Office to discuss final details for the 2015 African Championship, which will be held in beautiful Rabat, Morocco.
IFMA’s social initiative geared towards improving local communities through the power of sport, Sport is Your Gang, in conjunction with Peace and Sport, was recently represented in the Dominican Republic during the holiday season.
March 16th to 23rd 2015 will be another historical moment for Muaythai and Thailand as it will mark the first Muaythai University World Cup under patronage of The Fédération internationale du sport universitaire (FISU, English: International University Sports Federation).