HE General Pichitr Kullavanijaya

H.E. General Pichitr Kullavanijaya

Privy Councillor to H.M. King of Thailand

(2012)

The traditional rules of Muaythai date back over one thousand years. The Thai people used Muaythai as a superior form of martial arts to form and maintain an independent country. That country is now modern day Thailand – the land of the free.

Thai people are very proud of their national sport; but what makes us even more proud, is the fact that Muaythai has become truly global. Through Muaythai, sport enthusiasts from all corners of the globe have learned about the values and traditions which play a very important part in the sport.

It‘s a well-known fact that any type of sport has the power to keep children off the streets and instill important values – our ‘Muaythai Against Drugs’ campaign is active in all five continents.

As the Honorary President of IFMA, the WMC and the Chairman of ‘Muaythai Against Drugs‘, I am honoured to see this next generation of sports administrators taking its cues from my campaigns to enrich the lives of children by developing the campaign ’Sport Is Your Gang’.

‘Sport Is Your Gang’ is a social campaign being launched today in cooperation with the Peace and Sport organisation under the patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

In 1991, IFMA started as a small international sports federation. It has now grown into over 100 national federations all around the world; many of which are recognised by their respective national Olympic Committees. We owe this to the hard work and dedication of the IFMA executive board, and the associated member federations internationally.

As a proud Thai, I am pleased to see the growth of Muaythai on the international stage. The inclusion of Muaythai in Sportaccord and recognition by the Olympic Council of Asia is a superb achievement; and we are now in league with all the recognised world sports.

I am honoured, on this special day, to be a part of this auspicious occasion in which our beloved sport and art is taking its first official step on the path towards the Olympic Rings. It is with tremendous pride and honour that we are officially lodging this application for the inclusion of Muaythai in the World Games – with the ultimate goal being IOC recognition.

Message from H.E. General Pichitr Kullavanijaya
Honorary President of the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA)
& the World Muaythai Council (WMC)
Privy Councillor to H.M. the King

(2010)

The traditional rules of muaythai date back over thousand years to a time when the people of Siam used and formed a superior fighting art to forge an independent country that evolved into the modern day Thailand, the land of the free. Muaythai has always been the sport for the people as well as a military fighting skill. For centuries the army fostered muaythai as part of the head-to-head combat, the martial art of the battle field.

As a Thai, it fills me with pride that muaythai has truly become an international martial art and combat sport and has, in the same way as other Asian nations, passed on long forgotten traditions and values, like China did through Wushu, Korea and Taekwondo, and Japan and Judo.

Our Kingdom is also proud to know that muaythai has become a member of SportAccord and one of the 13 recognized combat sports which are included in the SportAccord combat Games. Muaythai takes part in many others multi-sports games, such as SEA, indoor Asia, Arafura, and TAFISA Games. Inclusion in the TAFISA Sport for All organisation is within our mission and vision, to signify that muaythai is a sport and art for Every Body.

Muaythai is very much about cultural understanding and it is extremely important that we use muaythai as a social tool to help our youngsters around the world, teaching them important foundations such as fair play, excellence, and promoting sport as a way of life.

During the Championships we will also sign our MOU with Peace and Sport and are also already working closely with the Generation for Peace project, both headed by HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco and HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan.

As the honorary president of IFMA and the WMC, I have seen the organization grow internationally for over 15 years now and I would like to thank all representatives from around 100 countries for their hard work and also to join in with our Kingdom for His Majesty the King’s birthday.

Welcome to Thailand and may you all enjoy the many treasures the Kingdom as to offer.

 

Message from H.E General Pichitr Kullavanijaya

Honorary President of the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA)
& the World Muaythai Council (WMC)
Privy Councilor to H.M. the King

(2009)

The traditional rules of muaythai date back to over 1,000 years, when the Thai people used a superior fighting art to form an independent country into the modern day Thailand; the land of the free.

Thais are very proud of their national sport but what makes us even prouder is the fact that muaythai has truly become global. Through muaythai, sport enthusiasts from all corners of the world have learned about values and traditions which play a very important part in the sport.

It‘s a well known fact that any type of sport has the power to  keep children off the streets and instill important values and our muaythai against drugs campaign is active in all 5 continents.

Championships like the IFMA World Championships have already reached over 82 countries and over 1,000 athletes will be coming together this year to honour His Majesty The King as the love of muaythai is the perfect opportunity to exchange cultures and sportsmanship as well as friendship.

I have been involved with IFMA since the inauguration and I have seen the organisation grow from only a handful of countries to over 100 today. I have seen the sport get included in many multi-sports games and my heart was filled with joy when muaythai got included in GAISF/Sportaccord, which will rightfully sit on the table with all other world recognised sports.

As the Honorary President of IFMA and the Chairman of Muaythai Against Drugs, I would like to welcome all of you to the Kingdom of Thailand. I would like to ask all the officials to keep working hard as our dream of becoming IOC recognised is in reach. For all the athletes, I wish you the best of luck for the hard competition as there will be 11 direct spots for the Sportaccord Games 2010 for grabs.

I hope you will enjoy your time in our Kingdom and join us the celebrations His Majesty‘s 82nd birthday.

Message from H.E. General Pichitr Kullavaijaya
Privy Councillor to H.M. the King of Thailand
Honorary Life President International Federation of
Muaythai Amateur (IFMA)

(2008)

Thailand is a country with a proud history and muaythai is a very important part of this history. But what makes us even more proud is the fact that muaythai has become a recognised sport worldwide. The many aspects of Thai culture have been passed on to the world and its inclusion in GAISF marked a critical milestone in the history of this martial art form.

This week we celebrate yet another significant milestone with muaythai’s inclusion in the TAFISA World Sport for All Games under patronage of the IOC. This is an important sport event as well as being the World Sports Cultural Festival where many sports like muaythai with a proud histories and traditions can come together for not only friendly competition but to also pass on traditions and values to one another.

IFMA has taken the initiative to organize along side its competition a cultural exchange program in which all IFMA participating countries from all 5 continents will mix and mingle with children from Korean schools for one week to learn and exchange ideas, respect each other and bring the world closer together. This is within the true Olympic spirit.

I would like to congratulate the organizers of the Games and I would like to welcome all our muaythai and all sporting friends from around the world to this festival of sport and culture and hope that all of us will have an unforgettable time in Korea.

 

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