The two day International Academic Conference, part of the Wan Muaythai, kicked off in the auditorium in the Sport Authority of Thailand.

There were many speakers from various universities and the keynote speaker role was given to the IFMA General Secretary and Vice President of Sport Accord Stephan Fox. Mr. Fox first congratulated the Amateur Muaythai Association of Thailand under Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan for all the hospitality of the international visitors and for organizing this one week of festivities.

Mr. Fox then received a detailed report on the international development of Muaythai to be recognized by the International Olympic Committee but also the challenges along the way. Mr. Fox then continued to give a detailed briefing on all upcoming events in the international calendar.

Mr. Fox also made a presentation on the Sport Recognition Process and also a clear presentation given by the IOC for sports which would like to be in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The conference will continue for two more days with the big panel session coming up with representatives of the Royal Thai Government, IFMA, FAMA and the leading sport universities.