Date of event: 26th of September 2008 to the 1st of October 2008
The event was held in Busan Republic of Korea as part of the Trex-Games, TAFISA world sport for all games, under patronage of the IOC.
Only 80 countries out of 126 was invited to participate in the Muaythai event, the teams were a lot smaller this year due to the combined sports at the Trex-Games, which meant only the best of the best entered the competition. The Trex- Games Opening ceremony was held on the 26th of September 2008 at the Sajik Indoor Stadium, the Muaythai championships was also held at Sajik.
The event was beyond your imagination and of the most of high standard showing the IOC that Muaythai is capable of hosting a 1st class event and becoming an official Olympic sport. Muaythai was the main sport in the main stadium voted best sport of the tournament, unlike Wushu and Sambo which had major politics due to the dispute between the different associations which caused their events to be cancelled.
It was great to have the presence of H.E General Pichitr Kullavanijaya Privy Councillor to H.M the king of Thailand, Honorary Life President International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA); Yeo Kyu-Tae Korean Muaythai Association (KMTA) President; Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) President; Stephan Fox, General Secretary International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA), vice President World Muaythai Council (WMC) and Riaz Mehta CEO & Founder, Imagine Omni-Media executive producer, The Contender Asia at the Muaythai World Champs.
The SA National Muaythai team consisted of the following
Sandile Lutseke Light Flyweight
Ncedo Gomba Bantamweight
Lameez Rahim Light Welterweight
Guy Luzarus Bantamweight
Nicholas Gorman Lightweight
Donald Weir Light Welterweight
Kevin Pheko Welterweight
Bauhulule Baai Middleweight
Bernard van den Heever Light Heavyweight
Ismaeel Grant Cruiser weight
Lester Lombard (Coach)
Quentin Chong (Manager)
Nong from Thailand (Coach)
The South African team did very well, out of 10 athletes, we brought back 5 medals, in order they are
Bronze Medalist -
Donald Weir - Senior Male - Light Welterweight
Silver Medalist -
La'meez Rahim - Senior Female - Light Welterweight
Ncedo Gomba - Junior Male - Bantamweight
Nick Gorman - Senior Male - Lightweight
Ismaeel Grant - Senior Male - Cruiser weight
Best and Popular team
The SA team was also rewarded with a Cup for the "most popular team" (includes top standard of the junior, brightest colorful, popular team of the tournament also a team to contend with in as the SA team is going from strength to strength. Many teams came up to the SA team and said what great fighters they are and complemented them on there spirit for the sport and their country.