IFMA, which has been recognised by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) since 1998 and the Federation of Amateur Muaythai of Asia (FAMA), received the highest honour when His Highness Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah, President of the OCA and President of the Association of the National Olympic Committees (ANOC),
Atty. Lucas Managuelod (Ret. Gen.), President of the Muaythai Association of the Philippines, has been appointed Chief of Mission by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) in the upcoming Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAGs), to be held in Incheon, Korea in 2013.
Another Asian country has received full government and Olympic recognition. The Muaythai Association of Bangladesh has been very active around the country, promoting many events, and is preparing for the upcoming Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games next year in Incheon.