Mr. Denis Oswald

Message from Denis Oswald
IOC Member
President ASOIF

For centuries, Thais have preserved and passed on a unique national treasure known as muaythai. What used to be an exclusive hand-to-hand fighting technique for the military and Kings, has now won over a huge crowd of followers all over the world. Athletes turn to practicing muaythai for the mysterious techniques of fighting with 8 weapons, or 8 limbs. It is a well-known fact that muaythai is gaining more and more respect from all nations and Thais can be rightfully proud.

Muaythai is one of the thirteen martial arts sports selected for the 2010 Sport Accord Combat Games in Beijing, China. It will be a moment to remember and a huge stepping stone for all muaythai followers when this remarkable sport will reach its goal of participating in the Olympics.

Four years ago, GAISF (which is now known as Sport Accord) granted the sport the honour of inclusion into their respected organisation and therefore, marked the entry for muaythai into the Olympic mainstream.

It is a true honour for everyone affiliated with the sport of muaythai to attend this year’s World Championships in Thailand and to have the pleasure to celebrate His Majesty the King’s 82nd birthday. On behalf of ASOIF, I would like to wish him a happy birthday and may he and the Queen live for many years, and may their country continue to prosper.

Message from Denis Oswald
IOC Member
President ASOIF

Muaythai is a unique martial art filled with deep traditions and values, but it is also a martial art, which enjoys a great spectator appeal.

The sport has established itself in the sporting world over recent years and the inclusion into GAISF (General Association of International Sports Federations) has elevated muaythai into an internationally recognized sport.

Athletes from around the world will gather together in the spirit of friendship in the TAFISA World Sport for All Games and the fact that the Muaythai Championships have 70 countries participating highlights the good standing of the sport in the sporting world.

I would like to wish all the competitors good health, success, and fair and friendly rivalry.

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