A special Muaythai Gala Dinner was held in honour of His Majesty the King of Thailand’s 80th birthday celebrations, organized by the WMC, IFMA and AMTAT.

Many high profile sporting personalities from around the world attended the dinner, including the President of GAISF, IOC Members and representatives from all martial arts around the world.

Over 1,000 people attended, with representatives from 102 National Muaythai Federations, what was an unforgettable night for all the audience. The evening included a cultural display with Thai dancing, Thai puppet shows and traditional music performances and a delicious dinner.

The President of GAISF and IOC Member made an emotional speech to the audience, officially welcoming Muaythai into the world sporting community and GAISF, a partner of the IOC.

His Excellency the Minister of Tourism & Sports for Thailand spoke on behalf of the Royal Thai Government and presented plaques to all dignitaries who have performed outstanding work for the development of Muaythai in 2007. Also, the IFMA Humanitarian Award, presented to the Federation which has performed outstanding work on the charity side of the sport as part of the Muaythai Against Drugs campaign, and this year’s award went to the Ukrainian Muaythai Federation for their inspirational work with street children and orphans. IFMA’s policy is that sport can make a difference and this was shown again through the award.

The fact that over 1,000 people from 102 countries, including representatives from all IOC and GAISF recognised martial arts came together for this wonderful event shows that Muaythai is truly a recognised member of the martial arts and sporting worlds. Next year’s Gala Dinner will be held in the beautiful city of Busan, Korea, and undoubtedly will be another great event with Korea as host.

Special thanks to the Tourism Authority of Thailand for all their support.