National Coach of the Female team of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Somayeh Khazayi was honoured as this year’s Coach of the Year.


The Islamic Republic of Iran over the last years have developed some of the world’s strongest female athletes through the work done in close cooperation between the National Olympic Committee of Iran, the Iranian Sports Ministry, the national muaythai federation under the Presidency of Javad Nasiri and IFMA. Developmental activities focussed on building and nurturing strong female coaches and athletes have been an important part of the initiatives driven by the IFMA Gender Equality Commission.


Somayeh Khazayi is one of the most inspirational female coaches who over the last years has been present at every event, cornering some outstanding female athletes both on and off the field of play.

She received a hero’s welcome upon returning home from the event and with this achievement the success story will continue, certainly in Iran but also in IFMA’s strategic development plan.