Elisa Salinas needs no introduction in Pan-America. A successful businesswoman, TV producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and also one of the backbones of IFMA; Elisa is also the President of the Pan-Am Continental Muaythai Federation, an IFMA Vice President and also the President of the Mexican Muaythai Federation. Read More
Singapore shows the Lion heart and that size does not matter. With one of the smallest population at the world and continental championships, Singapore athletes this year, have delivered outstanding performances. Read More
(left to right) Consul-General of Thailand to Vietnam, Mrs Ureerat Ratanaprukse, IFMA General Secretary Stephan Fox, IOC President Dr Thomas Bach and Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn
IFMA and the Muaythai athletes received the highest honour when the IOC President made a personal visit to the IFMA event at the 5th Asian Beach Games in Da Nang Vietnam. President Bach had shown support for the IFMA championships with a personalised message at the Royal World Cup, but it was the first time that an IOC president sat ringside at any Muaythai competition, experiencing the traditions and atmosphere Muaythai has as a martial art and combat sport. Read More
Many representatives from NOCs, the OCA and the IOC came to enjoy the electrifying atmosphere, the ancient traditions of muaythai during the 5th Asian Beach Games. Over 40 NOCs sent their representatives to the Semi and the Finals of the Muaythai event; Mr Husain Al-Mussalam, the Director General & Technical Director of the OCA, the Manager of Olympic Solidarity in Asia, Mr Olivier Niamkey, the Presidents of both the NOCs of Thailand and Vietnam and so many other countries sat next to each other. Read More
A special meeting took place between IFMA President, Dr Tapsuwan, IFMA General Secretary, Stephan Fox, FAMA Vice President, Dato Shahnaz Azmi, NOCT General Secretary, Maj.Gen. Charouck Arirachakaran and the Minister for Tourism and Sport, HE Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul. His Highness Sheikh Al-Sabah welcomed the delegation, showed his continued support towards Muaythai, especially with the sport being included in many multi sport games in Asia and also in the World Games, FISU world championships and so on. Read More
In IFMA family tradition, a farewell party was organised for all the athletes, the officials and the coaches to say thank you to each other for upholding the spirit of fairplay and friendship. Since it was the beach games, a private boat has been chartered where over 250 people gathered together for a wonderful evening the Han River, enjoying the beautiful sights of Da Nang.
Montreal, 29 September 2016
Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) publishes the 2017 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods; along with, the 2017 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes. The List – which designates what substances and methods are prohibited both in- and out-of-competition, and which substances are banned in particular sports – was approved by the Executive Committee on 21 September and comes into force on 1 January 2017. Read More
Team Thailand emerges as the overall winner for the males and while Vietnam brought it home for the women!
A great success for the neighbouring countries at the Asian Beach Games, both Thailand and Vietnam claiming the overall trophy for the best male and female team in the Muaythai competition, which was celebrated by both teams in style. Read More
The last day of the Asian Beach Games Final was more than a success for the organisers of the ABG and the sport of Muaythai, as the stadium was packed to capacity to the point where a second VIP section had to be built to accommodate the many presidents of the NOCs, government representatives and so many sporting personalities. The event was live telecasted with various international press on hand. Read More
Young Muay Thai fighters pose before the IFMA youth conference. Photo: UN Women/Younghwa Choi
IFMA and the sport of Muaythai stands proud of its collaboration with UN Women Asia and the Pacific in the UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign.
We are proud of our champions who continue to be role models in changing and redefining attitudes towards women and girls.
Read about our latest collaboration with UN Women at our Youth Event in their latest story here – Enlisting the Fiercest of Young Fighters to Help End Violence against Women
As you know, since 13 September 2016, the cyber espionage group “Fancy Bear” has been releasing batches of confidential athlete data on their website, which they illegally obtained from a Rio 2016 Olympic Games account of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS). Specifically, they are releasing data related to Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) delivered by Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) – International Federations (IFs), National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs), and Major Event Organizers (MEOs). Read More
It was an Opening Ceremony that would remain in the memories of the spectators. In true spirit of a Beach Games, the skies made sure everyone had a refreshing splash with a showering welcome at the beginning of the Athletes Parade. Read More