Mr. Shang-hi Rhee, President

Message from Shang-hi Rhee
TAFISA President

Sport competition of any kind is a wonderful tool to bring people together through friendly contest.  It equally is an opportunity to exchange cultures within all the participating sports and countries.

Martial arts, in particular, are built on traditions and values as well as cultures as an instinctive part.  Muaythai is one of these martial arts enriched with traditions that were passed on from generation to generation.  It has earned recognition of a worldwide sport upon becoming a member of GAISF through IFMA, the world governing body for amateur muaythai.

Muaythai has the largest number of participants than any other sport in this year’s TAFISA Games.  Beside the competitions, muaythai brings with it a fantastic cultural exchange program between selected schools throughout Korea and participating muaythai countries.  This is a significant project, which conforms to the Olympic principle.

It gives me greatest honour to welcome all muaythai athletes and officials from all countries throughout 5 continents to Busan.  I wish all participants the best of luck and hope that you all have an unforgettable experience at the TAFISA Games.

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