The sport of Muaythai has come a long way and IFMA, which has National Federations in over 120 countries and is fully recognized by SportAccord, the Olympic committee of Asia, the International World Games Association, and TAFISA, will be welcoming 30 national Olympic committees in Asia to send muaythai teams to compete in the upcoming 4th Asian Beach Games in Phuket.
Halfway through the year and there are still plenty of Muaythai events penned into the calendar for 2014. Krakow, Poland is gearing up to host the 2014 Muaythai European Championships from the 21st to the 28th of September this year.
LONDON – WMC Vice President and IFMA General Secretary Stephan Fox donned his muaythai shorts once again in support of his Do Good Feel Good campaign to inspire people to do good while getting a great work muaythai work out. Read More
Respect, honour, tradition, excellence, and fair-play, the pillars of Muaythai, are evident here as Australian muaythai superstar, Caley Reece, sits down for lunch with her Peruvian counterpart, Valentina Shevchenko.
Over 100 countries participated this year at the 2014 Muaythai World Championship in Langkawi Malaysia. With the host country acting as a melting pot for so many countries competing in a contact sport, one would think that tensions would be quite high. The truth was, the atmosphere was far from tense.
The individual award for the Spirit of Muaythai went to Pernilla Johansson, of the Swedish Muaythai Federation this year. She has shown dedication to the sport as well dedication to helping at-risk individuals in making positive changes in their lives. Pernilla is also a former IFMA and WMC World Champion and has just been nominated as new chairperson of the IFMA Youth commission.
Giving back is a huge part of Muaythai, and every year, Muaythai dedicates special awards to National Federations and individuals which have done outstanding work to use Muaythai to make a positive change. This year’s winner for the National Federations went to Peru for their “Sport is Your Gang’ initiative.