Mrs. Irene Szewinska

Message from Irena Szewinska
IOC Member
Member of “Sport for All” Commission & Vice President of Polish NOC

Martial arts are part of a countries’ culture and have been developed over decades of history. Experience is sent forward from one generation to the next with much pride, together with the values that are associated to the sport. Tradition plays a fundamental role. Muaythai is a great representation of such arts.

With the fast globalisation of muaythai, athletes from all over the world and of all ages are having the chance of experiencing the Thai culture. The word “Muay” derives in fact from antique Thai language, and it refers to the idea of “pulling together” in order to form a single group or “unity”. This is an interesting idea in today’s world which knows no boarders.

I would then like to wish all the participants coming from so many different corners of the world, the best of luck in their competition, with the certainty that no matter the outcome, they will remember and cherish such valuable experience for the rest of their lives. And the warmest greetings go to His Majesty the King of Thailand for a very happy 83rd birthday.
Enjoy the Games!

 

Message from Irene Szewinska
IOC Member
Member Sport for All Commission, IOC
Vice President Polish Olympic Committee

As the traditional martial art of Thailand, muaythai has grown to become one of the most popular and exciting ring sports on the global stage, through the hard work of passionate people in Thailand and also people from all around the world.

Muaythai has long been, and always will be, a part of the Thai cultural heritage. I am therefore gratified that muaythai is reaching every corner of the world through the participating of 82 countries in this year’s World Championships, which will take place in Bangkok.

In the last 3 decades muaythai has gained brilliant achievement and thanks must go out to all muaythai friends from all over the world for their dedication and hard work in helping get this historical sport towards international recognition and also, towards the 2010 Combat Games Olympics, thanks to Sport Accord (former GAISF).

I would like to congratulate IFMA on the great job they have done on previous Championships and I know for sure that this year’s Championship will be extraordinary. I would also like to wish all the athletes from all participating countries the best of luck and an unforgettable time in Bangkok. I also would like to wish HM the King of Thailand a very happy 82nd birthday and wish him a long, healthy life.

 

Message from Irena Szewinska
IOC Member
Member Sport for All Commission, IOC
Vice President Polish Olympic Committee

Many countries have their own style of martial arts. All of them have been developed through the decades. Moves are perfected by generations of masters and passed on to their followers, thus integrating in to the cultures and traditions of the people who practice it. Muaythai is one such art.

A sport so rich in culture and tradition such as muaythai has a rightful place in this year’s TAFISA World Sport for All Games and World Sports Cultural Festival under the patronage of the IOC.

I would like to wish all the athletes that have come from so many different countries all the best in their quest for ultimate victory. It is at these Games that athletes are given the precious opportunity not only to compete, but also to bring with them the unique culture of their country. I am very impressed about the idea and execution of the IFMA Cultural Program bringing together cultures from 75 countries to schools in Korea, which displays the true spirit of the games. I give my deepest respect to IFMA for this idea.

I hope that the time spent in Korea during the Games will bring lifelong memories for everyone involved.

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