IFMA, the sole governing body of muaythai and recognized by the International Olympic Committee believes in keeping the athletes at the heart of the art and sport of muaythai and ensuring that the health and safety of the athletes is a priority and fair play is being upheld. Fair play inside and outside of the ring is one of muaythai’s 5 pillars.

The role of the referee and judges are crucial to ensure that the fights are fair, safe, and adhere to the rules and regulations of IFMA. IFMA prides itself in the development of our referees to ensure that muaythai remains a safe sport and fair decisions are made by the referees and judges.

With the ever-growing popularity of muaythai and the inclusion of muaythai in many multi-sports games, it has been the recommendation of the Technical Officials Commission that efforts are needed from all member national federations to develop Team R&Js to sustain the delivery of officiating necessary to keep up with the growth in athlete participation at the IFMA events.

The referees and judges of IFMA are proud of the grassroots development, receiving the highest level of education and hands on training that is required to officiate at the national, continental and world level. As a growing sport and organization, we need to not only develop our athletes but also our technical officials in order to have sustainable growth overall. Educational R&J seminars at all levels are always conducted at IFMA events to ensure that officials are at the highest standard possible. This year, the 2023 IFMA World Championships welcomes over 50 technical officials committed to their journey in becoming ITO’s recognized at the highest level.

The IFMA Family says thank you for all your hard work and dedication towards being ambassadors of fair play and excellence and keeping our athletes safe.