A special meeting was held at the Four Wings Hotel in Bangkok
for the upcoming 'Muaythai Towards IOC' event. The meeting was
chaired by H.E. General Pichitr Kullavanijaya, Privy Councillor to
His Majesty the King, and at the main table, there were dignitaries
such as Dr. Nat Indrapana, IOC Member for Thailand, General Chetta
Thanajaro, President of the WMC, Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan, President of
IFMA, Admiral Surawut Maharom, Advisor to Educational Funds for the
Committee, and representing the international muaythai
community, Stephan Fox. Over eighty people from all Thai Government
departments came together showing unity in preparation for the
historic event which will take place April 3rd.
H.E. General Pichitr Kullavanijaya made a moving speech about
the history or muaythai and its ancient traditions, stating that he
feels proud, as a Thai, that muaythai has truly gained
recognition. The fact that so many sporting dignitaries, such as
Mr. Verbruggen and Mr. Froehlich, are travelling to Bangkok, shows
the support of the international community. As muaythai already has
the honour of a place in SportAccord, Dr. Nat Indrapana clearly
stated the necessity of ensuring that all requirements are in place
for muaythai and IFMA to earn recognition from the IOC. General
Chetta Thanajaro, President of the WMC, the world organization for
all aspects of muaythai, said that this campaign must be a national
agenda for Thailand, and that he is very happy that all government
departments, plus the National Olympic Committee of Thailand, are
all working together with the international muaythai community to
ensure the success of the application.
The President of IFMA, Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan, made a detailed
presentation on the roadmap towards the IOC, and also spoke on
behalf of the National Association of Thailand under Royal
Patronage and IFMA, muaythai's international federation, stating
that 128 countries are working together for this goal under the
same rules, regulations and guidelines. The vice-president of the
WMC and IFMA general secretary, also made a presentation about the
IOC requirements, noting that muaythai is a valued member of the
international sports community, recognised by SportAcord in 2006,
being fully WADA compliant, and detailing IFMA's important youth
Muaythai is ready for IOC. April 3rd will be history in
From today onwards, 6th February will be the official annual
Muaythai Day, both in Thailand and worldwide.
After many months of preparation between the Thai Government,
National Culture Commission, The World Muaythai Council (under
directive of the Royal Thai Government) Amateur Muaythai
Association Thailand (under Royal Patronage) and International
Federation of Muaythai Amateur (recognised by SportAccord); the
inauguration ceremony was held today.
The day honored Pra Chao Sun Petch IIX (Tiger King) and every year,
Feb 6th will be a worldwide celebration.
The event was chaired by Sukumon Kunpluem, the Minister for
Culture, and Co-Chaired by General Chetta Thanajaro, the President
of the WMC.
Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan represented the Amateur MTAT and IFMA, and
Stephan Fox, WMC VP and IFMA General Secretary, was invited to
represent the international muaythai community. All Thai masters
were present for the Krob Khru Ceremony, where the students paid
homage to their teachers.
The event opened with the inauguration and paid homage to H.M. King
Bhumibol Adulyadej. After all the 6 different muaythai styles -
Muay Lopburi, Muay Chaiya, Muay Tah Sao, Muay Pak Klang, Muay
Korad, Muay Palasueksa; all the masters performed their Wai Khru
styles, which was the first time in a long time in Thailand.
6 February 2013 will be World Muaythai Day, and on this date the
National Culture Commission, AMTAT, WMC and IFMA will invite the
world to come to Thailand and be part of this joyous occasion.
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