President of the International World Games Association
Muaythai is a martial art and sport with a proud cultural tradition. Muaythai has gained worldwide recognition with its inclusion in SportAccord in 2006 and is achieving immense popularity and growth around the world. I had the pleasure of being invited to the Muaythai Cultural Night at the 2010 SportAccord Combat Games, under patronage of the IOC, and I was highly impressed with all the cultural projects and exchange programs under the banner of muaythai.
Sport, of any kind, has the power to take children off the streets, teach them discipline, and instil important values. Champions in sport inspire us all, and especially inspire children, to reach their full potential and become model citizens of this world. I am delighted to learn that muaythai through the work of IFMA has demonstrated significant contributions through the various youth projects they are actively involved in, and tonight marks the launch of the “Sport Is Your Gang” campaign. This is in cooperation with Peace and Sport, recognised by the IOC and SportAccord.
I am honoured to be in attendance alongside my distinguished IOC colleagues, in the beautiful Kingdom of Thailand, at what promises to be a pinnacle my moment for the sport of muaythai. I would like to congratulate everyone involved, and will give my full support to this important project.