IFMA’s Timeline

Some of the milestones which IFMA has achieved throughout the years:

1993 – Inauguration of IFMA

1995 – First inclusion in the 18th South-East Asian Games (SEA Games)

1998 – Inclusion as a demonstration sport in the Asian Games

1998 – Recognition from the Olympic Council of Asia

2005 – Inclusion in the 23rd SEA Games as a fully recognised medal sport

2005 – Inclusion in the Asian Indoor Games

2006 – Recognition from the GAISF (SportAccord)

2008 – Inclusion in the TAFISA Games and as a full member of the TAFISA Sport for All Organisation

2009 – Inclusion in the Arafura Games

2010 – Participation at the 1st Edition of the SportAccord World Combat Games, Beijing, China

2011 – IFMA signs agreement with Peace and Sport launching Sport Is Your Gang

2012 – Official ceremony with Letter of Intent applying for IOC recognition

2013 – Submitted application to the  International World Games Association (IWGA)

2013 – Inclusion in the International World Games Association (IWGA)

2013 – Participation at the 2nd Edition of the SportAccord World Combat Games, St Petersburg, Russia

2014 – Inclusion of Muaythai as a full medal sport in the World Games

2014 – Inclusion of Muaythai in the Asian Beach Games

2014 – Muaythai signed an MoU with UN Women

2014 – Muaythai won the Spirit Of Sport Award

2015 – International University Sports Federation (FISU) gives its patronage for 1st University Muaythai Cup 2015 held in Bangkok 16–23 March 2015

2015 – International University Sports Federation (FISU) has officially recognised muaythai signing the agreement between FISU and IFMA.

2016 – IFMA signs MoU with UNESCO

2016 – International Olympic Committee has officially recognised muaythai on December 6th

Major Events in 2013:

2013 – IFMA World Kids & Junior Muaythai Championships, Istanbul, Turkey

2013 – Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games, Incheon, Korea

2013 – 2nd Edition of the SportAccord World Combat Games, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2013 – IFMA Youth World Conference, Istanbul, Turkey

2013 – Muaythai Sport Integrity Conference, Bangkok, Thailand

Major Events in 2014:

2014 – IFMA World Championships, Langkawi, Malaysia

2014 – Muaythai Youth & Sport World Conference, Langkawi, Malaysia

2014 – Asian Beach Games, Phuket, Thailand

2014 – European Championships, Krakow, Poland

2014 – Pan American Championships, Brazil

2014 – Arabic Championships, Jordan

2014 – Signing with UN Women

Major Events in 2015:

2015 – The first Muaythai University World Cup is held in Bangkok under the patronage of FISU

2015 – Muaythai Royal World Cup under the Patronage of His Majesty the King of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand

Major Events in 2016:

2016 – World Muaythai Championships, Jonkoping, Sweden

2016 – Youth World Championships, Bangkok, Thailand

2016 – Asian Beach Games, Danang, Vietnam

2016 – European Championships, Split, Croatia

2016 – Kazan World Cup, Kazan, Russia

2016 – Signing with UNESCO

Major events in 2017:

2017 – The World Games, Wroclaw, Poland

2017 – World Championships, Minsk, Belarus

2017 – Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

2017 – FISU University World Cup

2017 – South East Asian Games, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2017 – Youth World Championships, Bangkok, Thailand

Major events in 2018:

World Championships, Cancun, Mexico

European Championships, Prague, Czech Republic

University World Muaythai Championships, Pattaya, Thailand

Youth World Muaythai Championships, Bangkok, Thailand

Asian Muaythai Championships, Macau, SAR

Collaboration in 2018 United Through Sports Festival

Major events in 2019:

Arafura Games , Darwin, Australia

Senior world Championships, Bangkok, Thailand

Chungju world Martial Arts Masterships, Chungju, Korea

Youth World Championships, Antalya, Turkey

European Championships, Minsk, Belarus

Asian Championships, Abu Dhabi, UAE

SEA Games, The Philippines

Launch of Bangkok Urban Youth Series

Collaboration in 2019 United Through Sports Festival

IFMA World Championships:

IFMA has held 20 World Championships, starting with the first in 1993, with only around twenty countries participating. At the most recent edition, in 2018, almost one hundred thirty countries took part.

Over the years, World Championships have been held in countries like Thailand, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Korea, Uzbekistan, Malaysia, Russia, Sweden, Belarus, Mexico.




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