Over 100 countries participated this year at the 2014 Muaythai World Championship in Langkawi Malaysia. With the host country acting as a melting pot for so many countries competing in a contact sport, one would think that tensions would be quite high. The truth was, the atmosphere was far from tense.
The individual award for the Spirit of Muaythai went to Pernilla Johansson, of the Swedish Muaythai Federation this year. She has shown dedication to the sport as well dedication to helping at-risk individuals in making positive changes in their lives. Pernilla is also a former IFMA and WMC World Champion and has just been nominated as new chairperson of the IFMA Youth commission.
Giving back is a huge part of Muaythai, and every year, Muaythai dedicates special awards to National Federations and individuals which have done outstanding work to use Muaythai to make a positive change. This year’s winner for the National Federations went to Peru for their “Sport is Your Gang’ initiative.