General Chetta Thanajaro

Message from General Chetta Thanajaro

President of the WMC


Incorporated by the Royal Thai Government, and under the umbrella of the Sports Authority of Thailand, the World Muaythai Council, has been charged with the responsibility to foster and promote all aspects of the sport of Muaythai.

The WMC and IFMA are in solid partnership to pursue the highest recognition for Muaythai that is possible. Together, it has been our mission to gain inclusion in the World Games and achieve IOC recognition for our beloved sport.

Both in my professional capacity, and of course more personally as a Thai citizen, I am thrilled to have witnessed Muaythai transform into a truly global phenomenon – with full stadia and media coverage around the world.

At the same time, I am grateful, honoured and even more proud that while experiencing such exponential growth, Muaythai has stayed true to its foundations of honour, respect, excellence, fair-play and tradition.

Today, the 3rd of April, 2012, is truly an event that myself, the WMC, IFMA, and every athlete and participant of our sport – both in Thailand and around the world – has looked forward to with great anticipation.

It would be the absolute highest honour for Muaythai to be awarded recognition from the IOC and included in the World Games. This would be an occasion unmatched by any that I have witnessed during my many years of involvement in our sport of Muaythai.

I would like to express my warmest welcome to all international sport dignitaries, Muaythai enthusiasts, athletes and officials in attendance today. May you enjoy this night of culture and competition, and may you be as proud to be a part of Muaythai’s history, as I am.


Message from General Chetta Thanajaro
President of the World Muaythai Council (WMC)

The World Muaythai Council incorporated by the Royal Thai Government, under the umbrella of the sport authority of Thailand, as been charged with the responsibility to foster and promote all aspects of muaythai. The WMC has a solid partnership with IFMA to help in the pursuit of the highest recognition possible.

I feel we can all be proud of our sport, in Thailand and internationally, as fighting arenas are packed to the bursting point, the sport has a huge media interest, and National Federations are promoting muaythai both as a cultural art form and one of the most exciting ring sports.

The SportAccord Combat Games were a great success for all recognized martial arts, especially for muaythai. The WMC will keep supporting IFMA in any means necessary and the fact that 100 National Federation travelled to Thailand to participate in this event, shows us the strength, recognition, and development IFMA has.

December 5th is one of the most important days in the calendar of muaythai. King’s Cup, jointly organized by the WMC, One Saongchi, and Blackhawk Sports AG is also the final day of the IFMA World Championships.

I am looking forward to welcoming all our friends from around the world, so we can all join in the beautiful candle ceremony in honour of His Majesty and join together for an unforgettable night of celebrations and muaythai.

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