Hungarian Muaythai goes through its blossom after its athletes made the flag fly high in the World and European Championships winning medals of different values. Hungarian martial art community arranged a loud welcome every time the plane landed in the Budapest airport and athletes have been guests of national sports TVs and radio channels.
At the end of the muaythai World University Championships special awards were given out to athletes who stood out for their sporting skills, and also to athletes who showed the true muaythai spirit and character in some way during the event. These awards are separate to the medals which are won in the ring.
Today muaythai history was made with the awarding of the first medals in at the first muaythai World University Championships. The FISU anthem was played nine times as the medals were awarded in glorious sunshine.
Another great day of muaythai here in Pattaya with two of the bouts going down to the wire and winners going ahead by just one point at the end. Twenty-two universities were represented with some athletes competing at quarter-final stage which means medals are around the corner.
At IFMA we like to say a healthy body means a healthy mind, and that’s never been more true than here at the first World University Championships for muaythai. These athletes hit muaythai pads in the gym, and then use that energy to hit the books at 71 universities.
A spectacular Opening Ceremony featuring songs and dances from Thailand’s history and bringing muaythai to life officially started the muaythai World University Championships in Thailand. The athletes’ parade featured at the centrepiece of the activities.
Today was an exciting day for 24 muaythai athletes as they became the first competitors at the World University Championships in Pattaya, Thailand. It was the culmination of months of hard work by each young student, as they made their dreams a reality.
Starting today, Thailand hosts the academic muaythai youth family with students from all over the world competing together. IFMA’s philosophy is a good fit with FISU, both promoting sports values and encouraging young athletes to apply these values to their everyday lives.