IFMA

The Organisation

The fundamental principles of Olympism include sustainable development of sport, the education of youth through sport and recognition the practice of sport as a basic human right. To that end, IFMA’s mission is that every individual must have the opportunity to practice Muaythai free of discrimination of any kind be it racial, gender, sexual orientation, religious or political and IFMA will continue its work toward this right and freedom for all.

IFMA has established various commissions to oversee and develop on areas of social responsibility, universality, ethics, youth and education, prevention of competition manipulation and activities for all. The commissions liaise with stakeholders of the Olympic movement to ensure the adherence to the Olympic movement, code of ethics and function with transparency and good governance.

Muaythai through IFMA has come a long way since its first World Championships held in 1993 where a mere twenty countries participated. In the most recent World Championships the participation was overwhelming with contestants and dignitaries from 101 countries in attendance. Another significant progression in the globalisation of Muaythai took place at the 1995 South East Asian Games when, for the first time since the inception of IFMA, Muaythai was included as a sport in which both genders could compete while representing their country over various different divisions. Since then muaythai has been included in official sport programme of many other Continental multi-sport Games such as the Asian Beach Games and Indoor Asian Martial Art Games and as a demonstration sport in the Asian Games in 1998.

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IFMA’s Timeline

Some of the milestones which IFMA has achieved throughout the years:
1993
1995
1998
2005
2006
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

1993

    • Inauguration of IFMA

1995

    • First inclusion in the 18th South-East Asian Games (SEA Games)

1998

    • Recognition from the Olympic Council of Asia

    • Inclusion as a demonstration sport in the Asian Games

2005

    • Inclusion in the Asian Indoor Games

    • Inclusion in the 23rd SEA Games as a fully recognised medal sport

2006

    • Recognition from the GAISF (SportAccord)

2008

    • Inclusion in the TAFISA Games and as a full member of the TAFISA Sport for All Organisation

2009

    • Inclusion in the Arafura Games

2010

    • Participation at the 1st Edition of the SportAccord World Combat Games, Beijing, China

2011

    • IFMA signs agreement with Peace and Sport launching Sport Is Your Gang

2012

    • Official ceremony with Letter of Intent applying for IOC recognition

2013

    • IFMA World Kids & Junior Muaythai Championships, Istanbul, Turkey

    • Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games, Incheon, Korea

    • 2nd Edition of the SportAccord World Combat Games, Saint Petersburg, Russia

    • IFMA Youth World Conference, Istanbul, Turkey

    • Muaythai Sport Integrity Conference, Bangkok, Thailand

    • Participation at the 2nd Edition of the SportAccord World Combat Games, St Petersburg, Russia

    • Inclusion in the International World Games Association (IWGA)

    • Submitted application to the  International World Games Association (IWGA)

2014

    • IFMA World Championships, Langkawi, Malaysia

    • Muaythai Youth & Sport World Conference, Langkawi, Malaysia

    • Asian Beach Games, Phuket, Thailand

    • European Championships, Krakow, Poland

    • Pan American Championships, Brazil

    • Arabic Championships, Jordan

    • Signing with UN Women

    • Muaythai won the Spirit Of Sport Award

    • Muaythai signed an MoU with UN Women

    • Inclusion of Muaythai in the Asian Beach Games

    • Inclusion of Muaythai as a full medal sport in the World Games

 

2015

    • The first Muaythai University World Cup is held in Bangkok under the patronage of FISU

    • Muaythai Royal World Cup under the Patronage of His Majesty the King of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand

    • International University Sports Federation (FISU) gives its patronage for 1st University Muaythai Cup 2015 held in Bangkok 16–23 March 2015

    • International University Sports Federation (FISU) has officially recognised muaythai signing the agreement between FISU and IFMA.

 

 

2016

    • World Muaythai Championships, Jonkoping, Sweden

    • Youth World Championships, Bangkok, Thailand

    • Asian Beach Games, Danang, Vietnam

    • European Championships, Split, Croatia

    • Kazan World Cup, Kazan, Russia

    • Signing with UNESCO

    • International Olympic Committee has officially recognised muaythai on December 6th

    • IFMA signs MoU with UNESCO

2017

    • The World Games, Wroclaw, Poland

    • World Championships, Minsk, Belarus

    • Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

    • FISU University World Cup

    • South East Asian Games, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    • Youth World Championships, Bangkok, Thailand

    • European Muaythai Championships

 

 

2018

    • World Championships, Cancun, Mexico

    • European Championships, Prague, Czech Republic

    • University World Muaythai Championships, Pattaya, Thailand

    • Youth World Muaythai Championships, Bangkok, Thailand

    • Asian Muaythai Championships, Macau, SAR

    • Collaboration in 2018 United Through Sports Festival

2019

    • Arafura Games , Darwin, Australia

    • Senior world Championships, Bangkok, Thailand

    • Chungju world Martial Arts Masterships, Chungju, Korea

    • Youth World Championships, Antalya, Turkey

    • European Championships, Minsk, Belarus

    • Asian Championships, Abu Dhabi, UAE

    • SEA Games, The Philippines

    • Launch of Bangkok Urban Youth Series

    • Collaboration in 2019 United Through Sports Festival