2015 University World Cup Opening Ceremony Highlights

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2015 University World Cup Opening Ceremony Highlights

Posted on Mar 23, 20151

The Ancient Art of Muay Boran

Posted on Nov 26, 20132

Muaythai Explained

Posted on Nov 26, 20133

Muaythai Anthem

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The Host Country in Muaythai Fever

It has been six years since Thailand was the host of an IFMA World Cup or World Championship therefore Thailand is excited to be the first country to hold the competition under the Royal patronage.

It is for the first time that the Royal Family has donated 4 trophies for one event His Majesty the King’s Trophy, Her Majesty the Queen’s Trophy, His Royal Highness the Prince’s Trophy and Her Royal Highness Princess Sirinthorn’s Cup so for Thailand it is  more than just a competition, it is a reason for the pride of the Kingdom. Read More

WADA launches new video interview series WADA Talks

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) launched the first in a series of WADA Talks video interviews featuring the Agency’s President, Sir Craig Reedie. The new series features dynamic exchanges with a variety of thought leaders from the world of clean sport.

In this first interview, Sir Craig discusses the progress made during his tenure so far and the main challenges he now faces as the leading figure in the anti-doping movement. He also reminisces on some of the main achievements in his five-decade career in sports administration.

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South Korean President officially opens Summer Universiade in Gwangju

The three-hour show was titled “U Are Shining: Youth is the Light of the Future” and directed by Park Myung-sung, who has previously worked on “Aida” and “Mamma Mia!” among other hit musicals

The Opening Ceremony highlighted the city of Gwangju’s idealistic image – a city filled with light as its name says in Korean – into a musical featuring a mix of modern electronic dance music and Korea’s traditional sounds.

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Russia – the Youngest Team of the Royal World Cup

The national team of Russia is one of the largest teams and one of the top five in numbers of junior attendance and the youngest team of the Royal World Cup so far.

Russian Muaythai Federation fully solely recognized by National Olympic Committee and Youth Ministry is one of the IFMA founding members and one of the strongest at the IFMA competitions as well as all multisport games.

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Universiade Torch to Ignite Gwangju Today

The grand opening of the Universiade in Gwangju, Korea takes place today, 3rd July at the Universiade Main Stadium and will be a unique event introduced under Eco & Economic, Peace & Development, IT & Communication, and Culture & Education.

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Pan America is Coming!

Muaythai in Pan America is striving and all Pan American countries have finalised the qualifications for the upcoming Royal World Cup which is also the first official qualifier for 2017 World Games held under patronage of the International Olympic Committee. Read More

German Muaythai Fever Before the RWC 2015

Over 300 athletes from all around Germany qualified for the final of the German Muaythai Championship and passed the selection phase for the official German team competing at the IFMA Royal World Cup in Bangkok. Read More

Muaythai Kindergarden and Kids Club at the Royal World Cup

IFMA is family and it is important to us that our events are family events. For the Royal World Cup, a special kids club will be opened from the 11th till 24th of August for all the kids from around the world to play together, develop friendship and cultural understanding from an early age. Read More

World Championship Organising Team Meet Again

Only 7 weeks left to the biggest event in the history of muaythai with over 2500 athletes, officials, delegates meeting in Bangkok for this glorious event for which the Royal Family graciously donate four Royal Trophies. Read More

Sportaccord Convention Elects New President and Executive Committee Member

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The SportAccord Convention Executive Committee met today in Lausanne, Switzerland and elected ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti to serve as the new President of SportAccord Convention.  Gian Franco Kasper, AIOWF President and Senior Vice-President/Interim Chairman of the SportAccord Council, was elected to the Executive Committee of SportAccord Convention at the meeting of the SportAccord Convention General Assembly also held earlier today. Read More

Arabian Muaythai Junior Championship

The final test for the children in the Juniors Division from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Kuwait and Egypt was held in Amman, Jordan – to select the final team for the upcoming Royal World Cup in Bangkok. Read More

Sue Glassey, IFMA Female Comission Chair on the rise of women in Muaythai

Sue Glassey, IFMA Vice President and former world champion shared how the world of sport has changed for women in recent years and what has been achieved by IFMA’s Female Commission of which she is Chairperson.

Thailand is only 50 days out from the opening of the 2015 IFMA Royal World Cup. With around 100 teams participating this will be the largest of any IFMA world event to date. The substantial increase in entrants can be accounted for by an increase in the total number of countries attending and the considerable growth of both female and junior competitors. This significant rise in female and junior involvement at national and international levels indicate Muaythai’s enormous gain in popularity worldwide. Read More

History is made for the Muaythai Royal World Cup 2015

For the first time in history the royal family of Thailand has gracefully donated four trophies for this event.  His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Her Majesty Queen Sirikij, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn have each respectively donated a trophy. This demonstrates the great importance the royal family has given to Muaythai. It also shows the appreciation from the Kingdom of Thailand towards all the athletes and coaches from over one hundred countries, numbering to nearly two thousand who are all making their way to beautiful Thailand. IFMA would like to thank the royal family of Thailand for giving us this honor to our athletes.

Peru, The First Team To Arrive

Peru may be a small country in size but is a fantastic sporting nation where muaythai is a fully recognised sport by the NOC and Sports Ministry. Peru was the first team to arrive for the preparation for the upcoming Royal World Cup to participate in the 6 week training camp using different gym facilities around Thailand not just for training, but also for cultural exchange and understanding. Read More