The 2022 FISU University World Cup Combat Sports in beautiful Samsun was the first of its kind. University Nak Muay from all 5 continents came together over a series of 5 days to celebrate the art of their sport and the finals was a tremendous end and an exciting spectacle of strength, heart and determination.
The Finals saw 15 exciting bouts and the winners are:
In the Male Division:
University Male -54kg: Mohamed Touizi (UAE) from Asti Academy
University Male -57kg: Jeerapong Paejumpu (THA) from Thailand National Sports University Lampang Campus
University Male -60kg: Phakphum kaithin (THA) from Thailand National Sports University Lampang Campus
University Male -63.5kg: Tunahan Atar (TUR) from Fenerbahce University
University Male -67kg: Kubilay Tarhan (TUR) from Gaziantep University
University Male -71kg: Vladyslav Yeremenko (UKR) from West Ukrainian National University
University Male -75kg: Oleksandr Yefimenko (UKR) from Zaporizhzh ya National University
University Male -81kg: Artiom Livadari (MDA) Academy “Stefan cel Mare” of MIAM
University Male -86kg: Ahmad Helal (PLE) Birzeit University
University Male +91kg: Umut Eryilmaz (TUR) Mersin University
In the Female Division:
University Female -51kg: Tugbanur Kivrak (TUR) Ondokuz Mayis University
University Female -54kg: Ezgi Keles (TUR) Erciyes University
University Female -57kg: Neflse Atalay (TUR) Aydin Universitesi
University Female -63.5kg: Devrim Aydin (TUR) 19 Mayis
University Female +67kg: Tetiana Hamarko (UKR) National University of Physical Education and Sport of Ukraine
In the end, it was Turkey, Ukraine and Thailand respectively, who topped the medal standings for their universities and countries.
A huge thank you to FISU and to the City of Samsun for your warmth and hospitality. The University Nak Muay of the world thank you!
A big congratulations to all the athletes who made the IFMA Family proud, showcasing all 5 pillars of respect, honor, tradition fair play and excellence throughout the tournament.