Message from Mark Burnett
President & Founder, Mark Burnett Productions
(Creator and Producer of hit TV series including Survivor, The Apprentice, The Contender, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, Rockstar and Pirate Master)
Muaythai is one of the most exciting sports in the world. Through The Contender Asia reality TV show, the world has learned that muaythai is more than a sport. It’s a unique martial art where tradition, values and discipline mix with the deepest respect the muaythai family has for itself and all other martial arts.
The TAFISA World Sport for all Games are under patronage of the International Olympic Committee, and it gives me the greatest joy that muaythai is one of the major sports in the Games. Over 800 athletes, coaches and officials will participate in this year’s muaythai World Championships and I would like to wish all the athletes the best of luck for this tough competition.
Season One of Contender Asia Muaythai was a major hit around the world and viewers who had never heard of or had no understanding of the sport before has fallen in love with the sport and the ambassadors who represented it. This I think is an important tool in muaythai’s journey towards IOC recognition. We will do our part to help you with your Olympic dream.