In a 4-day event, Russian muaythai champions have gone head to head for the 2019 national championship title and the honour to represent Mother Russia at this year’s Senior World Championships in Bangkok.The capital of Perm region was host to more than 400 athletes from 43 Russian regions. The best Russian athletes competed for the medals and a right to make the Russian National Team for the World Muaythai Championships 2019 in Bangkok.
The day of the finals had a brilliant constellation of muaythai stars with every finalist having IFMA medals on their record. Four current world champions are going to Thailand again to repeat their success from last year; 54 kg Kholmurod Rakhimov, 60 kg Aik Begian winning his the gold medal in his first senior World Championships, 75 kg Irina Larionova, and 75+ Viktoriia Zhbankova the current world and European champion.
Representatives of the Russian Muaythai Federation stated that this year Russian team will have a very strong team and traditionally will compete for the Best Team award.
Muaythai in Russia has become one of the most practiced martial arts and inclusion of the Russian Championships in the programme of many TV Channels proves its popularity among local viewers and martial arts followers.
The President of the Russian Muaythai Federation Dmitry Putilin said that this is another successful championships which gathered so many outstanding athletes who trained hard to achieve their best here. “We are proud to send our best to Thailand and showcase the strength of the Russian Muaythai.”