Hong Kong, which is one of the Asia’s muaythai powerhouses and one of the founding members of IFMA and FAMA, will host the 2023 East Asian Championships under the sanctioning of the world governing body IFMA and the continental arm FAMA. The East Asian Championships will be held at the main stadium in Hong Kong, the Queen Elizabeth Stadium which has seen one of the most epic muaythai showdowns in modern muaythai.
The 4-day event, which is under the auspices of the Sport Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong which will promote muaythai once again in the East Asian region including combat and the traditional elements and disciplines of Wai Kru and Mai Muay as part of the event.
The kickoff ceremony and press conference for the East Asian Muaythai Championships 2023 were held at Park Central in Tseung Kwan O, marking the official announcement of the Hong Kong, China delegation of fighters who will be representing Hong Kong, China in the four-day Muaythai extravaganza scheduled to take place from November 23rd to 26th at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium.
The East Asian Muaythai Championships is the largest and highest-level Muaythai event held in Hong Kong. After a three-year wait, it is finally being held once again. This edition of the competition will feature fighters from nine participating countries and regions, including Bangladesh, China, Chinese Taipei, India, Japan, The Republic of Korea, Macau, China, Mongolia, and Hong Kong, China, who will compete for medals.
The Hong Kong China team consists of nine male fighters and four female fighters. They are Chan Yuen Wai, Yip Wing Yan, Lam Hoi Ting, Tsang Ching Yee, So Chung Ho, Lee Wai Lok, Chan Lap Lap, Leung Pak Yu, So Tsz Hin, Chu King Chung, Chung Pui Wing, Lee Tsun Yin, and Tong Cheuk Long.
During the kickoff ceremony and press conference, Master Sin Lam Yuk, Chairman of the Muaythai Association of Hong Kong, China, and Master Leung Wai Yiu, Team Manager and Head Coach, led the delegation in a swearing-in ceremony and shared the challenges of the upcoming four-day competition. The gold medalists in IFMA World Youth Championships 2023 So Cheuk Yat and Ng Cheuk Yin performed Wai Kru and Mai Muay, providing a glimpse into the culture of Muay Thai. Many VIPs and Hong Kong Superstars were present including: Mr. Sam Wong Tak-sum, MH Commissioner for Sports in the Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau (CSTB), Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Mr. Ronnie M. C. WONG, BBS, JP Honorary Secretary General of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, the Consulate General of Japan in Hong Kong and the Consulate General of Mongolia in Hong Kong to name a few.
Hong Kong Muaythai Chairman, Mr. Sin Lam Yuk, spoke at the press conference thanking IFMA and FAMA for their support and that Hong Kong is proud to be part of the 2023 IFMA calendar which has seen the IFMA Youth World Championships in Antalya, the IFMA Senior World Championships in Bangkok, the World Combat Games in Riyadh, and the list goes on.
The President of the Asian Muaythai Federation, Abudllah Al Neyadi, sends his personal congratulations outlining the importance of this event only 4 months prior the kick off of the Asian Indoor Games in Thailand.
Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan, IFMA President, sent a special message to the Hong Kong Muaythai Federation thanking them for all their hard work, for ensuring One Standard Muaythai rules and regulations in Hong Kong and that the IFMA family is proud to have the Hong Kong Muaythai Federation as a member.
Admission to the East Asian Muaythai Championships 2023 is free for the first three days, and tickets for the finals are priced at HKD $20 (https://www.urbtix.hk/event-detail/10788/).