Mr. Francisco J. Elizande

Message from Mr. Francisco J. Elizande
IOC member

Muaythai is a sport with a proud history that has been taught from generation to generation.  In the last two decades, muaythai has truly become an international sport with the inclusion into GAISF.  It has achieved its rightful place in the world sports community.

The TAFISA World Sport for All Games, under the patronage of the IOC, brings together sport and culture from all five continents, therefore it is fitting that muaythai is one of the main sports of the Games.

I would like to congratulate IFMA on the Cultural Exchange Program, which represents the Olympic spirit combined with sport and culture.  I would like to wish all the athletes from all participating countries the best of luck and an unforgettable time in Korea, and may the best athlete win.

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