The IFMA Technical Delegates from around the world met in Phuket for a 3-day meeting chaired by IFMA President, Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan, Sport Director, Charissa Tynan, and General Secretary, Stephan Fox. IFMA Technical Delegate Dmitry Putlin from Russia gave a detailed report from the last meeting to Dr Paiboon Srichaisawat the Secretary of the Technical Delegates, and then those present went to work for the important 2015 events such as the University World Championship, the Junior Championship, and the Royal World Cup.
A special meeting was held between the IFMA Athletes Commission, chaired by multiple IFMA World Champion Valentina Schevchenko, and representatives of the World and Asian Youth Commission. IFMA was represented by General Secretary Stephan Fox, IFMA Executive Board member Dato’ Shahnaz, and FAMA General Secretary, IFMA Executive Board member, and chairman of the IFMA Legal Commission, Mervyn Tan.
Valentina gave a brief report on the Youth Commission’s meeting both in Langkawi, Malaysia and during the Asian Beach Games with some recommendations to the Executive Board. Valentina also thanked the Board on behalf of all athletes for the truly active role the athletes have been able to have within IFMA, as she has been an active fighter since 2003, fighting at every championship and seeing the standard improve at every event.
The final day of Muaythai at the Asian Beach Games saw a record number for the games. The stadium had to be extended and rebuilt to accommodate for the spectators which was a testament to the popularity of Muaythai at the Games. Many executives from the OCA, local governments and embassies booked their seats early for the VIP section and all were truly filled with Muaythai fever.