HE Mrs. Yingluck Shinawatra

Prime Minister of Thailand

(2012)

As Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand and as a Thai citizen, it gives me great pride to add my voice to many others in support of efforts to gain official recognition of Muaythai as an Olympic Sport and as part of the World Games.

Muaythai is an integral part of the ancient Thai cultural heritage, dating back to the kingdoms of Ayudhya and Sukhothai. A unique form of martial arts for self defense, the art of Muaythai has been passed down from generation to generation, giving rise to heroes in unarmed combat during times of war and legends of the sport in times of peace. It combines fitness and strength with artistry and culture.

Muaythai has now attained worldwide acceptance as an important martial art and sport, with training camps and competitions in various regions of the world. Through the combined efforts of the World Muaythai Council (WMC), the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) and all concerned national bodies, Muaythai has been recognized by some of the most important world sports associations such as SportAccord and the Olympic Council of Asia. Indeed, Muaythai has already been included in many world sporting events such as the SEA Games, Indoor Asian games, as a demonstration sport at the Asian games, Arafura games and also the important SportAccord Combat Games under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

History is being made as IFMA, with the support of the WMC, officially lodges the application for Muaythai to be recognised by the IOC and to be included in the World Games. I would like to welcome all world sports dignitaries to our Kingdom and to thank the international Muaythai community for all their hard work. Please rest assured that the Royal Thai Government will continue to extend its support to the “Muaythai Towards Olympic Recognition” campaign. I hope that all of you will lend your support to these endeavours.

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