Muaythai stole the hearts of Beijing on the Cultural Night. The Royal Thai Embassy, in conjunction with IFMA and the World Muaythai Council, organised a Cultural Night to demonstrate all aspects of muaythai as a way of life. The night proved to be a spectacular hit as over 50 embassies took part together with members of SportAccord, IOC, martial art federations and other important guests such as the President of SportAccord Mr. Hein Verbruggen, and Ron Froelich, President of the World Games, and so many others.
The event was in two parts, with initially a cocktail reception with speeches from His Excellency the Ambassador from the Royal Thai Embassy in Beijing, The President of IFMA, the Chairman of the Thai Senate Sport Committee.
The second part was a stage performance hosted by World Champion Clifton Brown, showcasing traditions in muay boran, wai khru, and the ever entertaining crowd participation of muaythai games.
There were many celebrities in the crowd, like Don the Dragon Wilson; Sambo Champion Fedor Emelyanenko, who all gave highest praises. The highlight of the evening was the official ceremony awarding the Mongkol to the President of the World Games and the President of SportAccord, a gift from all the 128 muaythai member countries in recognition of their honorary status in our muaythai family.