From one group of young sportspeople to another – the Thai football team known as the Wild Boars who survived their ordeal in a deep cave were included in the celebration of sport at the Youth Forum during the muaythai Youth World Championships. The GAISF Spirit of Sport award was presented during the Forum. Read More
GAISF, the most important Association of recognized sports in the world, and a partner of the IOC, is planning to hold the first World Martial Art Games for the 13 Olympic and GAISF recognized Martial Arts in 2010. Muaythai is a member of GAISF under IFMA, who will be the International Federation for the sport, and Thailand is one of the bidding countries to host the Games (a decision will be made in early 2008).
The General Secretary of IFMA, who is one of the representatives of IFMA at the GAISF Martial Arts Commission, recently attended an important meeting at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne to discuss the planned Martial Arts Games under the umbrella of GAISF (General Association of International Sports Federations).
Anthony Scanlon, Head of Games Services and Coordination of the IOC, gave a detailed briefing on the structure of big international games, for example the Olympic Games, explaining the criteria.
The planned Martial Arts Games, under the umbrella of GAISF, a partner of the IOC, will with no doubt be the biggest Martial Arts event ever staged, and will take martial arts to a new level.
Thirteen IOC and GAISF recognised martial arts have joined together in this important GAISF Martial Arts Commission, which is chaired by Hein Verbruggen, the GAISF President and Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2008 Olympics, who brings vast experience to the table.
(Pictured with the IFMA General Secretary is Christine Dominguez, Director General of GAISF, Anthony Scanlon and Patrick Van Campenhout of the International Wushu Federation)