Message Dr. Ju-Ho Chang
Member Sport for All Commission, IOC
Chairman, TreX Games Executive Committee
For thousands of years the people of Thailand, under the leadership of their Royal family have been developing the grand tradition of muaythai, a unique style of martial arts and a combative competition system that is now one of the world’s finest sporting spectacles.
Today, muaythai is not only the national sport of Thailand, but also one of the most exciting ring sports in the world. From it’s deep roots rich in history and culture, its branches have grown to capture the hearts of practitioners spanning all five continents.
This is evident in the incredible number of athletes from 75 countries who have traveled to Busan to participate in the IFMA World Championships as part of the official program of the TAFISA World Sport for All Games under the patronage of the IOC.
It also gives me pleasure to see that the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur has taken to heart the Olympic spirit of cultural exchange and has implemented a program dedicated to this cause for the athletes and the children in schools around Busan.
It is indeed my honor and pleasure to wish all the participants of the Games an enjoyable time in Busan, and the best of luck to all the athletes.