Archive for January, 2021

Chinese Government Officially Announces Sole Recognition of IFMA for Muaythai in China

January 29th, 2021

Chinese culture is one of the world’s oldest, originating thousands of years ago with values of harmony, honesty and loyalty. Wushu is an important component of the cultural heritage of China. It is one of the most traditional and popular national sports and treasures in China, which has become a world recognised combat sport and martial art fully recognised by the International Olympic Committee, GAISF. It’s global popularity has led to its inclusion in ...

Yohan Lidon: France’s Muaythai Dignity

January 28th, 2021

Yohan Lidon, the renowned French fighter whom many consider to be the best in his weight category has had an exciting career span across 15 years. Residing in Lyon, France, Yohan began training muaythai at the age of 15, training at the gym boxing St-Fons under famed coach Nasser Kacem. Yohan has amassed over 100 fights during his extensive career and holds notable wins over Samy Sana, Cedric Doumbe and Marat Grigorian to name a few. SAINT-TROPEZ, ...

IFMA Encourages All Stakeholders towards WADA’s new ADeL

January 26th, 2021

IFMA is excited on the announcement of WADA’s new and improved Anti-Doping Education and Learning (ADEL) platform. Yesterday, January 21st, WADA hosted their first webinar of the year on ADEL lead by Amanda Hudson, Director of Education, Kangeun Lee, Senior Manager of Digital Learning and Gracie-Hongyang Li Manager, LMS who introduced the new courses and education programs, new features, learning dashboard, translation and power user requests, ADEL Helpdesk and nifty mobile app. WADA has worked diligently ...

Afghanistan NF of Muaythai Organised the Professional Muaythai “Peace Prospects Cup” in Kabul.

January 25th, 2021

The Afghanistan Muaythai Federation has become one of the strongest national federations in Asia fully recognised by their National Olympic Committee. The federation has done fantastic work in grass-roots and gender equality development and consequently have made muaythai one of the most popular sports in the country. The success is due to the efforts of President Mr Amir Hussain Hussaini, the hard-working executive and close cooperation with the Ministry of Sport and the National Olympic Committee. The championship hosted 22 pre qualified athletes from Nimroz, Herat, Qandahar, ...

BY ATHLETES FOR ATHLETES: THE ITA CONTINUES RAISING CLEAN SPORT AWARENESS WITH PUBLIC WEBINAR SERIES

January 22nd, 2021

After a successful pilot series of publicly available clean sport webinars tailored to the needs of athletes and support personnel, the International Testing Agency (ITA) continues to cover important anti-doping topics in 2021. Supporting the delivery of this important initiative is Informed Sport, a global testing and certification program for sports supplements. In an effort to provide continuous and relevant anti-doping education during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the ITA shifted its learning activities from ...

Government Supports to Unite Muaythai in the Kingdom of Thailand

January 20th, 2021

An important meeting took place at the Thai parliament between the two recognised national federations governing the sport of muaythai in Thailand, the AMTAT and the PAT. Also present at this landmark meeting was the IOC recognised International Federation, the IFMA. The meeting was chaired by Parliament Sports Commission Chairman Dr Boonlue Prasertsopa and was organised to seek clarification on the status of the sport at the national level within Thailand caused by some confusion amongst ...

Bruce Macfie: Pride of Australia

January 19th, 2021

Bruce Macfie is known as a muaythai legend in Australia with a professional career spanning across 13 years. Beginning training in 1995 at the Street Heat Muaythai Gym in Noosa, Australia Bruce quickly adopted the name "the Preacher' due to his strong religious faith. During Macfies career he was a regular on Fox Sports TV shows including Xplosion and Evolution fighting many legendary fighters such as John Wayne Parr, Yodsaenklai Fairtex, Saiyok Pumpanmuang, Soren Monkongtong, Daniel ...

Mardsua: Rise to Fame

January 15th, 2021

Mardsua is a big name on the muaythai scene winning many accolades along his journey and rising to fame in 2012. Representing Thailand, Mardsua began training at a very young age where his talent was quickly recognised and he began fighting on local shows. Mardsua has a massive fan base in Hong Kong as he has been crowned the WMC I-1 champion many times and holds notable wins over Antoine Pinto, John Wayne Parr and Jordan ...

Pakorn: 2 Time WMC World Champion

January 12th, 2021

Pakorn, also known as Pakorn P.K Yokkao Saenchai is a well respected muaythai fighter from Thailand who has many followers both in Thailand and around the world. Originally from Samut Prakan just outside Bangkok, Pakorn began training and fighting muaythai at the age of 9 years old winning his first fight and the rest was history. He has trained out of various gyms including Sakyothin, Jitti Gym, 13 Coins and the famous PK Saenchai Muaythai ...

The WMC Welcomes the New Year

January 7th, 2021

2020 was a year with many challenges mourning the loss of lives and 21 continues as 2020 ended but with added optimism due to the positive developments regarding testing and vaccines. We certainly can not underestimate the journey ahead and the World Muaythai Council under the IOC recognised umbrella organisation IFMA can only applaud the positivity, resilience and innovative approach of all member countries.  The recognised world of muaythai stands in solidarity and unity to protect all members ...

Muaythai on Hold Again in Thailand

January 7th, 2021

After a turbulent 2020 for the sport of muaythai across Thailand, 2021 has now brought a second wave of despair to the muaythai community with restrictions being reimposed following a new recent Covid 19 outbreak. For the latter part of 2020 Thailand seemed to have beaten the virus with no local cases recorded for many months and gyms and muaythai shows in Thailand operating on a daily basis. Then in December, a string of cases linked ...

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