The Federation Italia Muaythai (FIMT) is ready and waiting for September to roll round. The Italians have already held their national qualification championships to select the national team to represent Italy at the World Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The event was held from the 26-27 May in the beautiful city of Grosseto, which has ancient Etruscan and Roman origins, in the picturesque province of Tuscany. It was a relaxing spot, and all participants savoured the chance to enjoy their surroundings in between competing.

Over 200 male and female athletes participated in the battle for a place on the Italian national team, with spirits high as each athlete fought for the glory of representing Italia, especially since these World Championships are a qualifier for the 2013 World Combat Games.

With the team now selected, training is in earnest, and the athletes are getting themseleves into top condition. With such fierce competition we will definitely be seeing the best of the best from Italy in St. Petersburg this year.