HE General Yuthasak Sasiprapha

H.E. General Yuthasak Sasiprapha

Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, President of the National Olympics Committee of Thailand (NOCT)


As a Thai, it gives me great pride to see Muaythai bring unity across so many countries and people. With Muaythai’s application to the International Olympic Committe we will see Thailand’s culture and traditions spread further afield through the international exchange associated with sport.

The history and true essence of Muaythai is one of dedication and honour. I am proud to see, that even today, those who practice Muaythai – no matter what nationality or faith – uphold and promote these ideals wherever they go. Events like the SportAccord World Combat Games show us the value in sharing our culture, and how these exchanges enrich all our lives.

As Muaythai strives for inclusion into the World Games and IOC events, I am delighted that tonight, Muaythai will begin its final steps towards full IOC status. Nothing would make me happier than seeing Thailand representing its national sport under the Olympic flag.

Now is the time for the official IOC recognition for Thailand to offer the gift of Muaythai to the world, and let others experience the rewards that Muaythai can bring.

I believe that the hopes and aspirations of all of Thailand are with this application, and I personally send my best wishes along with them.

Message from General Yuthasak Sasiprapha
President of the National Olympics Committee of Thailand (NOCT)


On behalf of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand, I would like to warmly welcome all participants and guests of the 2010 World Muaythai Championship.

It is my greatest pleasure to have the opportunity to see a growing number of muaythai enthusiasts coming to Thailand every year to enjoy the astonishing competitions and to commemorate the birthday anniversary of His Majesty the King, who is celebrating His 83rd birthday this year.

Through this singular event, muaythai will be one more time staged to the world and, by its art and tradition, this representation of the ancient Thai culture will disseminate peace, fairness, serenity, integrity and sporting values among people from all over the globe.

As Piere Du Coubertin once said: “Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of a good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles”. I would then like to thank the Amateur Muaythai association of Thailand, member of the NOCT, and IFMA for their tireless efforts to promote sport and peace by implementing the foundation of the Olympic principle of education, fairness, and sport exchange.

I wish you all every success and an unforgettable experience in Thailand.

Message from General Yuthasak Sasiprapha
President of the National Olympics Committee of Thailand (NOCT)


I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the World Muaythai Council for the arrangement of the 82 Muaythai countries to pay tribute and to celebrate the 82nd birthday anniversary of His Majesty the King during 27 November – 5 December 2009.

It is with great pleasure to learn that more than 82 countries have accepted to participate in this auspicious event and this would benefit Muaythai to be internationally accepted and well known, in addition to helping boost the economy and tourism of Thailand.

May I take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to The 82nd Muaythai countries to celebrate the 82nd Birthday anniversary of His Majesty the King for enhancing friendship, unity and esprit de corps among athletes from every participating country and have a pleasant journey back home.

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