Message from H.E. Major. General. Sanan Kajornprasart
Deputy Prime Minister of The Kingdom of Thailand
The art of muaythai has existed for more than a thousand years, yet its historic and cultural implications are as important today as they were when the sport first began. Without doubt, muaythai continues to instill much pride and honour in the modern Thai population.
Sports themselves are a powerful means to draw together people from around the world, encouraging a spirit of fair play that transcends winning or losing. Athletes are widely recognized for their dignity, as well as their skills.
The International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) embodies this attitude, and the Olympic spirit of joining sports together with culture, education, friendship and peace. I am a firm believer in the transformative value of sports, particularly for our younger generations. In the midst of instability – whether social, political or economic – sports let us put aside our differences, and focus instead on common understanding and goodwill.
In this regard, I would like to extend my appreciation to the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur and the World Muaythai Council for their successful efforts in using muaythai to promote peace and cultural understanding among people from various nations.
It is therefore with great pleasure that I participate in this year’s celebrations honouring the 83rd birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. It is my sincere hope that this event will help spread friendship, unity and esprit de corps – or good morale – among the athletes and our diverse peoples.