The tournament is certainly heating up with a number of big names falling by the wayside today in shock results and the crowd were entertained right to the end of an action-packed day.
The Macau Forum hosted a fantasical opening ceremony filled with dance, music and of course sport with lots to entertain the watching athletes and fans. It was a real tribute to the hard work of the Macau Muaythai Association and partners.
Muaythai athletes from over thirty Asian countries are jetting into the beautiful city-state of Macau today, ready for the 2018 edition of the Asian championships.
Over two hundred Canadian muaythai athletes took place in the National Championships, marking their place on the national team for a busy year of international muaythai ahead. The Mayor of the host city welcomed the athletes to the event in a sign of the growing cooperation between muaythai and the Canadian authorities.
Coming Home was Thailand’s motto when they bid for the World Muaythai Championships 2019. They have now been given this honour, making this the first senior level muaythai event to be held in Bangkok since 2015.
The Muaythai community is excited to be once again included on the sport programme for the Arafura Games, taking place in Darwin, Australia next year. The Games encourage the sharing of sporting and cultural knowledge in the Asia-Pacific region, with Muaythai adding a traditional flavour to the mix.
A key workshop for the development of muaythai in the Arab region took place when referees from eight countries attended training with senior IFMA referees in Abu Dhabi. Referees are the third person in the ring and their understanding of fair play, clean sport and the rules of muaythai are crucial to a successful event.