A second Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) regional sub office has been officially opened during a ceremony in Thai capital Bangkok, as the organisation continues steps to ensure its stability amid ongoing tensions in Kuwait.
It comes after the continental bloc opted to press ahead with their plan to develop five regional headquarters, rather than keep their sole home in Kuwait City.
This was decided during an Executive Committee meeting in Japanese city Sapporo late last month.
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Thanasak Patimaprakon and National Olympic Committee of Thailand President Yuthasak Sasiprapha were among those present.
“Thailand is one of the main players in our Olympic Movement in Asia and I would like to thank you for your support,” said OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.
IFMA president Doctor Sakchye Tapsuwan who is also the President of the amateur federation of Thailand under royal patronage stated that this is good news for IFMA the sole recognised Muaythai (Muay) organisation by the Olmypic Council of Asia since 1999. The cooperation has become even closer since Muaythai is also recognised by the IOC.