The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) held the first Asian Indoor Games in 2005 in Bangkok, which marked a milestone for Muaythai, as it was included in this exciting sporting development. The second AIG was held in Macau in 2007 and the third AIG in Hanoi in 2009.
Simultaneously, the OCA developed the Asian Martial Arts Games, held for the first time in 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.
After three editions of the Asian Indoor Games and one edition of the Asian Martial Arts Games, the OCA decided to merge the two events, creating the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, which will be held every four years starting from 2013.
The 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games will take place in Incheon, Korea from 29 June to 6 July, 2013, as a test event for the 17th Asian Games in 2014. IFMA and its Asian continental association FAMA, along with the Korean National Muaythai Federation, are all working hard in preparation for an uplifting sporting experience.
The 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games were held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in 2017. This was the first OCA Games to be held in the Central Asian country. The host city contract signing ceremony took place in Kuwait on December 19, 2010.
The Indoor Games feature popular, TV and viewer-friendly sports which are not on the Olympic Games programme, for example dance sport and electronic gaming (E-Sports).
The 5th AIMAG took place in the Olympic Village, a multi-purpose sports facility which was constructed in the capital.
In addition to the 45 NOCs of the OCA, the following 17 NOCs from Oceania participated in the Games:
Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
Muaythai has truly shown why it’s so loved in Asia and Turkmenistan athletes made an amazing present to the spectators winning two gold medals of the Games.