Dr. Nat Indrapana

Dr. Nat Indrapana

IOC Member (2012)

Muaythai is a truly unique sport and art. The roots of Muaythai, one of Thailand’s great inheritances, date back over a thousand years. Muaythai has held on to its historical and cultural

traditions which remain an integral part of the sport today.

For me, this is part of the true beauty of Muaythai; although it has spread its wings and has travelled far beyond Thailand’s borders, it still retains pride in its cultural heritage.

I have been privileged to have been following the impressive evolution of amateur Muaythai over this last decade. The International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) has raised the sport of Muaythai to a truly global platform. They have transformed this ancient martial art into an internationally practiced and recognised sport.

A great source of pride for our sport, Muaythai, is its recognition by SportAccord in 2006 – marking its first steps on the paths towards acceptance in the Olympic family.

Muaythai has already been included in many prestigious games, including the SEA games, Asian Indoor Martial Art games, Arafura games, TAFISA Sport For All Games and the 1st SportAccord World

Combat Games in Beijing under the patronage of the IOC. As a Thai, it is an honour to see our values and traditions reach a global audience and proud of the fine examples our athletes are in representing our sport and culture. As a member of the IOC, I am overjoyed to see that IFMA has integrated the core Olympic values of excellence and fair play into the sport. Their efforts in integrating sport with culture and education are also highly commendable, and I congratulate them.

Today marks a major milestone in the history of Muaythai and IFMA. It marks the beginning of the sport’s final journey on the road towards IOC recognition. It marks the day when dreams are being turned into reality.

Message from  Dr. Nat Indrapana
 IOC Member

I am proud to welcome all athletes, officials and spectators to the 2010 IFMA World Muaythai Championship.

I am privileged to have followed the impressive evolution of amateur muaythai throughout the last years. The International Federation of Amateur Muaythai (IFMA), in collaboration with the Thai government, has taken muaythai to the global setting, turning the ancient martial art into an international and recognised sport.

As a Thai, it is an honour to see our traditions, culture and values spread and brought to the world’s knowledge. As a member of the IOC, I am overjoyed to see that IFMA has integrated into the sport, the core values of Olympism which include excellence, fair play and blending sport with culture and education.

In order to keep the achievements possible, as the late inclusion of muaythai into the SportAccord Combat Games program under patronage of the IOC, I ensure we will put all our efforts to strengthen the cooperation which have been long established with IFMA to grow and promote muaythai worldwide.

I wish the best of luck to all competitors and a memorable time to everyone joining the championship and the celebration of the 83rd birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand. Undoubtedly, you will all experience a highly exciting event.

Message from Dr. Nat Indrapana
IOC Member and Deputy Minister of Tourism & Sports

Thailand is proud as over 120 countries are unified under the banner of muaythai. The World Muaythai Council has been set up by the parliment resolution and directive of the Royal Thai Government as the sole body for professional muaythai. IFMA has been set up by the internatinal muaythai community to take amateur muaythai to multi-sports Games and Olympic recognition. It gives us all greatest satisfaction that muaythai is recognised by Sportaccord and OCA.

The next step must be to take muaythai towards IOC recognition and in the name of the Royal Thai Government we will do our best to work closely with IFMA and all the affiliated world member countries.

The principle of the Olympic movement is to blend education, physical activity and culture. All these three ingredients are also important factors in muaythai.

I would like to encourage you all to keep working under fair play and together we must take the sport to the highest level. I would like to welcome you all to Thailand and I feel honoured that you all have come here to join the entire Kingdom of Thailand in the birthday celebration of His Majesty the King’s 82nd birthday.

Best of luck to all participants and may you leave Thailand with many memorable moments.

Message from Dr. Nat Indrapana
IOC Member

The inclusion of muaythai in the TAFISA World Sport for All Games is another important landmark for muaythai. The historical and cultural aspects of the sport have always been and always will be an important component of the art and sport.  The World Sport for All Games are under the patronage of the IOC, and is a perfect opportunity for athletes, officials and spectators from all walks of life to come together in the name of sport, peace and harmony.

Not only are these games a platform for competition in various sports, but it is also a significant cultural festival, which allows all participants to engage in a healthy exchange of cultures and ideas.

I wish to congratulate the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) on implementing a program to foster such exchange between athletes from all 5 continents and participating Korean schools. This is within the true Olympic spirit and I have no doubt that this will bring the world closer together.

I wish all the muaythai enthusiasts, athletes and officials who have travelled from near and far to be part of this historical event the best of luck and a wonderful time in the city of Busan, and encourage IFMA to keep on working hard to further promote and foster the art and sport of muaythai towards being a truly international sport.

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