Continuing to strive for excellence is the main objective of the IFMA family, regardless whether an athlete or administrator. In 2019, IFMA is in preparation for many events around the globe, from national to continental to world or multi-sport games. The main calendar will also see the start of the road to the World Games 2021 in Birmingham Alabama, with all major events also serving as qualification. IFMA athletes will again have the chance and opportunity to travel to some of the most beautiful parts of the globe.
The main events will start off in Bangkok from 2-7 February with the Muaythai Celebration and Activities leading up to the 6th of February, World Muaythai Day in honour of the Tiger King. There will be competition, conferences, exhibitions and much more.
We then move down under to the Arafura Games in beautiful Darwin Australia where muaythai is one of the only two non-Olympic sports on the programme. As the Arafura Games come to an end the SportAccord Convention 2019 will kick off on the Gold Coast at which the Oceania Championships will be part of the Sport Festival.
July will see the senior World Championships coming home after six years to Bangkok in honour of HM the King’s Birthday celebrations.
The World Martial Arts Masterships will then take place in Cheongju Korea with Muaythai as one of the twelve world recognised combat sports and martial arts participating.
Then it’s time to celebrate the IFMA Youth, with the IFMA flagship event, the Youth World Championships will be held on the beaches of beautiful destination of Antalya, Turkey.
IFMA Director Charissa Tynan stated “Over 100 national championships plus the five continental championships are also part of the IFMA agenda, not to mention the many meetings and conferences IFMA is part of as a member of GAISF, IWGA, FISU… the social programmes and initiatives with UNESCO, UN Women, Peace & Sport, Generations for Peace.. and the IFMA family is looking forward to a fruitful and successful 2019”.