In front of the President of SportAccord Mr Hein Verbruggen, the President of the World Muaythai Council General Thanajaro, the President of IFMA Dr Tapsuwan, and so many dignitaries from around the world, beautiful Samarkand was the perfect venue for this historical event.
IFMA President Dr. Tapsuwan and WMC President General Thanajaro, met the President of the National Olympic Committee of Uzbekistan Mr. Mirabror Usmanov, and the First Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports Affairs of Uzbekistan Mr. Jasur Akramov, followed by a visit to the Museum of Olympic Glory in Tashkent.
A press conference was held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan for the opening of the Silk Road Cup. The ballroom of the Radisson hotel was filled with over one hundred members of the press.
Seated at the main table were the President of IFMA, Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan, the President of the Uzbekistan Muaythai Federation, Mr. Sherzod Tashmatov, IFMA General Secretary and Vice President of the WMC, Mr. Stephan Fox, Chief of the Department of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Uzbekistan, Mr.Rashid Matkarimov and the Vice General Secretary of the Centre for the Development of Oriental Combat Sports and Martial Arts of Uzbekistan, Mr. Alam Mulaev.