The annual General Assembly of the Association of IOC Recognised Sport Federations (ARISF) for the year 2023 was hosted at the prestigious Olympic Museum in Lausanne. The International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA), the sole recognized international federation for the art and sport of Muaythai, proudly represented the sport at this esteemed gathering.

The event commenced with an inspiring opening speech by IOC President, Dr. Thomas Bach. He emphasised the essential role that ARISF plays within the expansive network of the Olympic pyramid. This endorsement from the IOC President underscores the significance of our collective work and our ongoing commitment to fostering sport worldwide. Dr. Bach also took the opportunity to extend his congratulations to the five ARISF members that have secured their inclusion in the 2028 LA Olympic Games, a feat that marks a significant milestone for each of these federations.

Raffaele Chiulli, ARISF President, extended his gratitude to the IOC and its President for their unwavering support of all ARISF members. He echoed Dr. Bach’s sentiments, congratulating the two ARISF Council members who have recently been elected to the new SportAccord Executive Council.

In addition to these commendations and outlooks, the assembly approved the new ARISF constitution. This revised framework will guide the federation’s operations and its members’ actions, shaping the future of recognised sports.

As the IFMA, we are honored to be part of such progressive movements in the world of sport, and we look forward to continuing our work in promoting and developing Muaythai on a global scale.

In a statement issued during the General Assembly, Charissa Tynan, IFMA Director General, stated, “The strength of ARISF lies in the unity and collaboration among its members. Our collective effort is aimed at creating a platform where athletes from every sport can excel, and we, at the IFMA, are tremendously proud to be a part of this mission. Our proximity to the ARISF and SportAccord offices, being housed in the same building – the Maison du Sport International (MSI), facilitates this cooperation and symbolizes the integration and unity we strive for. It’s more than just geographical proximity; it’s about being at the heart of an international sports movement dedicated to athlete development and empowerment.”