History is made again for the sport of Muaythai with its inclusion as an official Beach Games sport for the 2016 Beach Games in Vietnam, this following its very successful participation in the 2014 Beach Games in Phuket. IFMA President Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan considers this an important event for Asian federations under the Olympic Committee of Asia and that Muaythai has been one of the most successful sports at the last Asian Beach Games in Phuket.

IFMA General Secretary Stephan Fox stated that special thanks must go out to the Vietnam Muay Federation, the National Olympic Committee of Vietnam, the Vietnamese Government  and certainly the Olympic Committee of Asia, which already recognised Muaythai under IFMA back in 1998.

Currently, discussions are in place to also make this event the official qualifier for Asia for the 2017 World Games.

Thank you Vietnam. Congratulations to all the Asian Member Federations. Another event under the Olympic flag!