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Special Youth Cultural Exchange at the YWC 2016

Cultural exchange is an important part of any sporting event and for over 15 years, IFMA includes exchange events at every event. For the IFMA Youth World Championships, IFMA collaborated with the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) to engage in a special intercultural exchange programme with a number of selected schools in Bangkok on the morning of the 29th August […]

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Youth Conference on education and the future of sport!

After previous editions, in Turkey, Uzbekistan, Russia, Malaysia, it was Bangkok’s turn to host the Youth Conference as part of the Youth World Championship 2016. The theme was Youth, Education and the Future of Sport. The ball room at the Ambassador Hotel was packed to capacity with 800 athletes and officials from all 5 continents […]

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Fun Fair a hit at the Youth World Championships!

A fun fair was organised for all the youth participating in the IFMA Youth World Championship, with over 20 different games. And so the kids had a chance to play against each other in a fun way. Some sports from the AIMS family were included like Darts, where Australia and Uzbekistan went head to head. […]

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Nokweed Davy, you will not be forgotten RIP

The IFMA family would like to express our sincere condolences for the recent passing of Wichit Somboon, known and loved in the Muaythai world as Nokweed Davy. His tragically early death at just 51 years is a loss to our sport community. We wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy to his family, friends, and colleagues […]

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Day 6 – the making of Champions!

The final day of fights was a fitting end to a week of intense competition with so many close results bringing the crowd surging to their feet! The closing ceremony was held in conjunction with the City of Bangkok, the Ministry for Tourism and Sport, the Department of Physical Education and the Amateur Muaythai Association […]

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IGLA Course For Europe to Start from Bulgaria

A beautiful city of Bielska, Bulgaria will host an IGLA course for all the NF Officials from Europe. The first IGLA Course was a huge success at the Youth World Championships in Bangkok and gained a great interest from all the participants of the Youth World Championships. IGLA is a part of the IFMA Muaythai […]

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Day 5: UNESCO, gold medals, and dancing!

Today we went from the excitement of gold medal fights to the elegance of the Wai Khru with our first ever contest for this important part of our sport. And the day began with an inspiring meeting with UNESCO Bangkok and the signing of a partnerships agreement on youth and education. Both rings were busy […]

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Day 4: School visits, the haka and friendship …

Today many of the children took a few hours off to visit local schools and swap gifts and songs. Some really moving moments took place, crossing the language barriers with ease. Athletes from the five continents travelled to schools around the city bringing cultural gifts. The New Zealand team did a traditional Haka dance to […]

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The future of our Muaythai family on show!

Seventy-six matches, a record number for the Youth World Championships and eight hours of fantastic performances to the capacity crowd at the 2016 IFMA Youth World Championships. It was the smallest of the smallest which produced amazing fights, standing ovations, Wai Kru performances which warmed the hearts of the audiences and demonstrated that the sport […]

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Day Two thrills and spills in the stadium!

There was barely standing space around the rings at the National Stadium today! The crowd packed in to see over 60 bouts over an 80-hour programme in 2 rings, with some amazing contests. And a few close memorable memorable matches that already have the words “must meet again” written all over them. There were some […]

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