Message from Jacques Rogge
President of The International Olympic Committee, IOC
Welcome to the 2009 IFMA Muaythai World Championships held in the city of Bangkok in the sport’s home country, Thailand.
For this 2009 edition, the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) has entrusted to the National Thai Federation the organisation of this particularly important event held in the honour of the 82nd birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish him a happy birthday!
From 27 November to 5 December, the world’s best athletes from 82 countries will compete in this traditional martial art, which is currently enjoying an increase in popularity in other regions of the world.
There is no doubt that these Championships will provide once again a great opportunity for the public to witness great performance by all these athletes who have incredible agility and talent.
I wish every success to the organisers of the 2009 Muaythai World Championships! And good luck to all the competitors!
Message from Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee
Muaythai World Championships, Busan, September 2008
On behalf of the Olympic Movement, I would like to convey my greetings and best wishes to all the participants of the Muaythai World Championships held in Busan (Korea) as part of the 2008 TAFISA World Sport For All Games.
By gathering together athletes from 75 countries, these Championships demonstrate the increased popularity of muaythai – a traditional martial art – outside its home country, Thailand. I have no doubt that the ability and talent shown by all these athletes will be greatly appreciated by the spectators.
I would like also to take this opportunity to congratulate the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur on the adoption of the cultural exchange programme to implement cross-cultural understanding and education amongst participants, ensuring fair play and promoting friendship – values of the Olympic Movement.
I wish the organisers of the 2008 Muaythai World Championships every success! And good luck to all the competitors!