Representatives from all 82 federations present at the Youth World Championships attended the Annual General Meeting this morning in Bangkok, with future plans for amateur muaythai globally on the table.
Naturally the growth of Youth muaythai was a central focus, as 240 children in the hotel prepared for their bouts at the arena today.
Turkey was officially confirmed as the host of the 2019 Youth World Championships, they have big shoes to fill after the success of the last three years in Thailand. But the world of muaythai is looking forward to visiting the beautiful beachside resort of Anatalya.
This location as with the 2018 World Championships in Cancun, Mexico fits well with the discipline of Muay Talay (Sea Boxing). The youth at this 2018 tournament will participate in a Muay Talay event at the end of the contest period.
Other events for 2019 which were discussed include the European Championships to be held in Marbella, Spain. The qualification system for 2021 The World Games was finalised.
In other presentations: IFMA Sport Director Charissa Tynan gave a full update on the administration developments, and Rolf Hess IFMA Finance gave the financial report. Julia Govinden CEO of United Through Sports UTS addressed the AGM with continued cooperation and on the topic of the UTS forum on August 9th.
General Managuelod gave the Competition Plan for the SEA Games. Niamh Griffin, press commission presented on the IFMA media plan, and the IFMA online results system IFMA Live in cooperation with Rsportz was also discussed.
Stephan Fox IFMA general secretary discussed IFMA’s anti-doping programme, and President Sakchye on behalf of AMTAT gave a detailed report on the 2018 Youth Championships.
The representatives assembled for a group photograph and more informal discussions on ways to further collaborate together.