Message from M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra
Governor of Bangkok
Muaythai has a place not only in Thai history, but also in the fabric of our society.
Recognizing the importance of Muaythai, in 2010 the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) signed a ground breaking Memorandum of Understanding with the World Muaythai Council (WMC) and the Amateur Muaythai Association of Thailand (AMAT) under Royal Patronage. Through this MOU, for the first time Muaythai curriculum, from the WMC and IFMA Khan Program, was introduced to schools as a part of the official syllabus. The BMA sees Muaythai as a tool of great potential for honing fitness and health for the school children under its care.
While the BMA fully supports efforts to promote Muaythai as an international sport including an IOC recognition, it also greatly appreciates Muaythai administrators’ ongoing quest to contribute to the public goods.
The “Sport is Your Gang” Campaign being launched tonight is an excellent example of this sense of social responsibility.
Cities worldwide are faced with many problems, none more serious than the urban corruption of youth. For many of the younger generations, especially from poorer neighbourhoods where life can be extremely grim and harsh, crime and membership of street gangs often prove to be strong attractions, and once involved, they find it difficult to extricate themselves from such an urban “Lifestyle”.
The “Sport is Your Gang” Campaign is an initiative to address this problem by enticing the young to expend their considerable energy to do something competitive, yet for more constructive and less destructive than the crime-and-street gang lifestyle, namely sports. For this reason, the BMA believes this Campaign to be a most worthy project and fully supports it.
Our very best wishes for the success in both the quest for IOC recognition and in the “Sport is Your Gang” Campaign.