The Royal World Cup 2015 was an outstanding event with the record number of participating teams, strong support of the Minister of Tourism of Sport of Thailand and attendance of distinguished guests from IOC, FISU, IWGA, AIMS and many other VIPs who gave a special status to this event.
The Muaythai Award Gala Night was indeed one of the glittering highlights of the event where over 3000 people including embassies of participating countries gathered to share the glory of the teams and athletes who came to Thailand to promote the image of their countries on the highest level.
The night gave tribute to the teams, coaches, athletes, host cities, television shows and isocial inatitives who have contributed to muaythai nation- and worldwide.
Tradition has always been one of the pillars of muaythai and a special award was given in posthumous to one of the pioneers of muaythai in Europe and one of the first athletes proving to the world that muaythai is truly an international sport – Ramon Dekker.
The Muaythai Organisation of the Netherlands were honoured to receive a symbolic mongkol for Ramon Dekker which has been honored in a a very special and emotional moment of the gala for the contribution he has made to the sport and art.
Shortly before the New Year, the MON Secretary General, Duran Ebren has kept his promise bringing home the mongkol to the members of his family.
IFMA always remembers and honours its heroes and no matter how much time may pass, the memory of outstanding athletes will live on in the new generations of athletes whom will hear from their coaches and teachers the stories of such legends as the great Ramon Dekker.