H.R.H. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, President

H.R.H. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah

President Olympic Council of Asia, IOC Member

Muaythai and IFMA were first recognised by the OCA in 1998, and I have since come to find that muaythai is a combat sport for all, regardless of one’s age, gender or social status. This martial art filled with tradition has been a successful representation of Thai culture which disseminates peace, fairness, and integrity.

The foundation of muaythai rests upon the pillars of friendship, fair play, and respect, which are also an important foundation for everyday life. Tonight, April the 3rd, marks the launch of IFMA’s campaign towards IOC recognition. Already recognised by the OCA and SportAccord, this is undoubtedly the next milestone in the history of muaythai.

Tonight also marks the launch of a campaign called ‘Sport Is Your Gang’, in cooperation with Peace and Sport, a partner of the IOC. This campaign, supported by the sporting world, seeks to use sport as a tool to help take children off the streets and through sport, find a sense of community and values for life.

Many sporting colleagues from the IOC, SportAccord, the International World Games, and the OCA are attending tonight’s event. On behalf of the OCA, it is indeed my honour and pleasure to wish IFMA good luck with all their goals. His Majesty the King of the beautiful kingdom of Thailand has graciously donated a trophy for the most outstanding athlete of the event. I also would like to thank IFMA for the upcoming Peace and Sport event in the Islamic Republic of Iran in which athletes from 50 nations will come together in a friendly contest to promote peace and cultural understanding.

Message from H.R.H.Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah

President Olympic Council of Asia, IOC Member

(2009)

On behalf of the Olympic Committee of Asia, I would like to convey my greetings and best wishes to all participants of the IFMA Muaythai World Championships held in Bangkok.

Muaythai is a unique martial art. Its culture, traditions, strength and beauty has set it apart.  It has brought both culture and spectator appeal with its inclusion in many multi-sports games such as Indoor Asian Games, SEA games, TAFISA, Arafura and the Sportsaccord games in Beijing.

It gives me the greatest pleasure to support IFMA, the world governing body for the sport of muaythai and as this year’s World Championships are held in the celebration of HM the King’s 82nd birthday, on behalf of the OCA, we wish His Majesty the best of health and joy in this special occasion.

Message from H.R.H.Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah

President, Olympic Council of Asia, IOC Member

(2008)

Blending sport with culture and education is the platform of Olympism.  Muaythai is a martial art originated in Asia that has been promoted and is being practiced all over the world.

IFMA, the world governing body for the sport was recognized by the OCA in 1998.  It has been charged with the responsibility of fostering and promoting the sport towards international games.  Muaythai also known as muay was a demonstration sport in the Asian Games under IFMA, and it is also is a full medal sport in the SEA Games and Asian Indoor Games.  Inclusion in GAISF has bestowed muaythai with international recognition as a member of the world sport community.

The TAFISA World Sport For All Games under the patronage of the IOC, UNESCO and WHO is more than a competition; it also is a world cultural festival.

I am delighted that IFMA has established a cultural exchange program, bringing together 75 countries from 5 continents in conjunction with schools in Korea.

I wish this program the greatest success and look forward to working closely with IFMA for the upcoming Asian Martial Art Games.

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