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December 6th, 2021

Athletes from 91 countries proudly marched in the national stadium of Bangkok, Thailand for the opening ceremony of the IFMA World Championships 2021. A standing ovation was given to the first 2 teams the IFMA Refugee Team, Team Afghanistan and certainly Team Thailand. IFMA President Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan praised the IFMA community for their resilience during these challenging times and that Thailand is proud to have been given the rights to host the 2021 World Championships ...

IFMA First International Federation to Sign Partnership Contract for SportAccord Convention 2015

November 13th, 2014

IFMA General Secretary Stephan Fox and SportAccord Convention Managing Director Nis Hatt signed a contract for Sochi 2015. Mr Fox also presented Mr Hatt with a token of appreciation from Muaythai for the support and cooperation of SportAccord. Owned by SportAccord, ASOIF, AIOWF, ARISF and AIMS, SportAccord Convention annually brings together representatives from more than 100 International Sports Federations and organisations affiliated to SportAccord (General Association of International Sports Federations), ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International ...

Kazakhstan President’s Cup

June 15th, 2018

Kazakhstan is one of the strongest muaythai federations in the world, proud member of IFMA and WMC recognised by the IOC and the Sports Ministry headed by the President of FAMA and former Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov and Vice President Farhart Amankulov. Every year professional events sanctioned by the WMC are held. This years is a special event as it also marks the birthday of Mr Massimov. The highlight of the evening is a ...

IFMA and WMC Mourns Passing of Major General Kru Amnat Pooksrisuk (1959 – 2021)

May 17th, 2021

The International Federation of Muaythai Associations and the World Muaythai Council mourn the loss of one of our leading figures who has been part of the IFMA and WMC development since the early days of the 90’s. Kru Amnat dedicated his life to the Kingdom of Thailand and the art and sport of muaythai. Since his early childhood he has devoted his life to the very traditional rules of muaythai through all the different styles and ...

Olympic Movement Meets at IFMA Finals

December 13th, 2021

The IFMA finals saw a lot of support from the Olympic family.Thailand's IOC member Khun Pattana lead the delegation for the Thai National Olympic Committee and also as an IOC member.  The Thai Sports Ministry, Sports Authority and many other representatives of the National Olympic Committees came to support the athletes of the world. There were many people from embassies such as Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Belarus, Ukraine, Hungary, and so many more who came to support their finalists. Thailand's muaythai ambassador, Buakaw was there ...

WMC Referee and Judge Seminar, Bangkok

July 17th, 2019

A joint technical official referee and judge course by the World Muaythai Council and IFMA is taking place at the Sports Authority of Thailand before the opening of the IFMA World Championships. Thirty selected ITO's from around the world have come together to be part of this 4 day course which is supervised by Associate Professor Ajarn Radom Nabangchang the chair of the muaythai professional sector and also the former technical head of the famous Lumphinee ...

The Highest Honour Given to WMC Vice President

October 17th, 2019

World renowned sports personality Stephan Fox needs no introduction in the world of sport. A former World Champion who transitioned through various roles including administration and where today, he is the President of AIMS the IOC recognised umbrella organisation for Non-Olympic recognised sports. Mr Fox is also Vice-President of GAISF, the world umbrella organisation for Olympic and Non-Olympic sports promoting the mission of one voice for all sport. Stephan Fox has dedicated his life to sport ...

Past, Present & Future

June 22nd, 2021

In my country there is a proverb (a whakataukĩ) that suggests, “If you understand where you are from and who you are then you will know where you are going.” When I think of this proverb, it is our latest collective accomplishment that comes to mind - we literally have only one month until we attain full IOC recognition. Who are we?… We are IFMA.  “We are the art of heart and body, pride and honour we embody, we ...

GAISF and SportAccord

February 13th, 2014

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has been delighted by the inclusion of Muaythai into GAISF/SportAccord. The inclusion was a historical day not only for Muaythai but also for Thailand itself. He welcomed His Excellency General Pichit Kullavanijaya, President of SportAccord Hein Verbruggen, President of WMC General Chetta Thanajaro, President of IFMA Dr. Sakchye Tapsuan, Thailand’s IOC member Dr. Nat Indrapana and WMC Vice President and IFMA General Secretary Stephan Fox to his palace. He ...

IGLA Education System at Start Up Thailand

May 5th, 2016

The WMC and IFMA IGLA education system has been developed over the last 3 years to include cultural, sporting and education as a platform. Muaythai is a martial art and combat sport with over 1000 years of history but nevertheless we must include the present and plan for the future this is why this system has been given the highest priority. The leading masters, specialists and Muaythai partners such as UN women and Peace and ...

Buakaw: He for She Ambassador

April 19th, 2020

Muaythai has a responsibility as an IOC recognised sport in contributing to social development and implementing social change. The WMC and IFMA have long had a strong relationship with UNESCO, UN Women and Peace and Sport and have been very active with regards to the He for She Campaign. The He for She campaign which is run by UN Women came up with the “Active bystander” campaign produced with the objective to encourage young people especially ...

UAE Fight Night: Myriame Becomes the MAD Champion

July 2nd, 2021

The United Arab Emirates saw another amazing fight night with athletes from around the world participating in the pre-qualification event for the World Games which also served to restart the WMC campaign around the world. The opening fight saw Lucas Porst from Sweden fight Ellis Barboza from the UK. Both are very strong IFMA and WMC European members with Swedish muaythai being fully recognised and UK being one of the strongest federations known for their amazing ...

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