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A Feast for the Senses: Opening Ceremony, SportAccord 2012

June 6th, 2012

Hein Verbruggen, President of SportAccord   Delegates at the Opening Ceremony of 2012 SportAccord Convention began their evening with cocktails and a lavish assortment of delicious Quebecois specialty meats, cheeses, and tables towering with desserts.   As conversation and wine flowed, musicians dressed as chefs wound their way through the crowds, encouraging everyone to follow their melodious meandering to the end of the convention hall, where an enormous wall, in actuality a thick black curtain, suddenly rose up into ...

Thailand Bids for the Youth Olympics 2026

May 21st, 2020

Over the last year many important meetings took place between the International Olympic Committee, the Royal Thai Government and the National Olympic Committee of Thailand with regards to major upcoming sporting events. Thailand's Prime Minister His Excellency Prayut Chan O Cha met the IOC President Thomas Bach to discuss the possibility of Thailand bidding for the Youth Olympics 2026 and also many other points were discussed. The inclusion of muaythai in the Olympics was also one of the talking points in which the IOC President clearly ...

Vakhitov vs Hancharonak History in the Making

June 3rd, 2014

Two of the most decorated Muaythai fighters will face off at the Monte-Carlo Fighting Masters. Both of them will be fighting for bragging rights and the pride of their countries. Hancharonak, a multiple IFMA World Champion and winner of the 2010 World Combat Games, will square-off against the Russian superstar Vakhitov, who took that title away from him at the 2013 World Combat Games in St. Petersburg. Hancharonak  said that this was the hardest loss in ...

Ramon Dekker’s Honorary Mongkol Reaches the Family

January 12th, 2016

The Royal World Cup 2015 was an outstanding event with the record number of participating teams, strong support of the Minister of Tourism of Sport of Thailand and attendance of distinguished guests from IOC, FISU, IWGA, AIMS and many other VIPs who gave a special status to this event. The Muaythai Award Gala Night was indeed one of the glittering highlights of the event where over 3000 people including embassies of participating countries gathered to share ...

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 ...

FBT: Officially Approved Equipment

August 31st, 2012

FBT has signed an agreement with IFMA as the first to become an IFMA approved equipment supplier, in a special press conference held at the FBT Complex.  The proprietor of FBT, Mr. Kamol Chokpaibulkit explained his happiness at being part of IFMA’s IOC recognition process. As Thailand’s largest sporting goods company, FBT has been a strong supporter of many sports for years, as well as being a strong supporter of IFMA. General Chetta Thanajaro, President of the ...

WMC and IFMA Partnership Works Out

June 13th, 2016

The World Muaythai Council (WMC) and the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) have been in partnership for over 20 years which benefits the amateur development and muaythai goal to be recognised by the IOC. Fostering and promoting all aspects of muaythai is the primary goal of the World Muaythai Council under patronage of His Majesty the King which is the highest honour in Thailand and IFMA been the world recognised body has the responsibility ...

WMC and IFMA mourn the loss of H.E. Mr. Andrii Beshta Ambassador of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Thailand

May 31st, 2021

H.E. Andrii Beshta was known for his love for sport and muaythai. He has been a strong supporter of using sport towards creating positive change and he has been supporting not only the Ukrainian national team and athletes when competing in Thailand but also his presence and support for IFMA’s social projects was greatly appreciated and will be missed. He was on hand to witness and support IFMA when the IOC granted provisional recognition in ...

World Martial Art Meeting in Lausanne

January 26th, 2011

Lausanne, the home of the IOC, SportAccord and many world federations hosted the 2010 World Martial Art & Combat Sports Meeting. Representatives of the 14 world recognised martial art & combat sports, both Olympic and non-Olympic, participated at the meeting, chaired by SportAccord President, Mr. Hein Verbruggen. Muaythai and IFMA was represented by Mr. Stephan Fox, IFMA General Secretary, whom has been a member of the SportAccord Martial Art Group since its establishment.   Mr. Fox stated “This is ...

Wu Fights a Knock out Success

November 1st, 2016

For the next 14 months the People’s Republic of China will be one of the centres of World Muaythai with the 15 event series of Wu fights in which the best Muaythai fighters of the world will take on China’s best on the road to become the ultimate winner. The first round of the event saw multiple WMC and IFMA world champions taking on China’s elite and the event proved that Chinese Muaythai is getting ...

IFMA @ SportAccord Convention London – A Striking Success!!

April 18th, 2011

IFMA’s presence at this year’s SportAccord Convention proved to be the most successful yet. This year’s edition of the SportAccord Convention was one of the most important to date, as it was held in London just one year before the 2012 London Olympic Games. That’s why the IFMA international office worked tirelessly to ensure that the bar was raised yet again this year, to create and design the biggest and most attractive booth since ...

WMC World Meeting

September 27th, 2013

President General Chetta Thanajarocalled for the 2013 meeting of the world executives of the WMC. The World Muaythai Council, which is the sole professional Muaythai organisation set up under parliament resolution and which is under the directive of the Royal Thai Government.   General Chetta Thanajaro came to delegate to over 100 countries in Bangkok and stated that the WMC has come a long way since its inauguration in 1995, held in the convention hall of the ...

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