Alena Leshkevich and Sofia Olofsson continue to show amazing results with both taking their third gold medal at the world championships this year.
IFMA runs a strong youth programme, with an annual Youth World Championships as the focus, and a number of those young athletes graduated to senior ranks at the Cancun 2018 championships. Some even won medals on their first outing, proving the value of competition at a young age.
The heads of the Pan-American muaythai federations met together during the world muaythai championships to make plans for the future development of amateur muaythai in the region.
Muaythai participated at The World Games for the first time last year, and the experience gained by those athletes clearly showed at this year’s muaythai championships when many made the podium again.
Sustainability and awareness of the potential impact athletes can have on a venue are always at the heart of IFMA planning, and the 2018 tournament took this care to a new level.
Team Mexico faced the tough challenge of hosting 77 other muaythai teams in their home, and competing in front of their home supporters. It was a challenge they rose to splendidly, taking 10 medals across male and female divisions.
A fantastic week of muaythai competition concluded today with the final 15 bouts which saw Russia take the best team award, winning medals across men’s and women’s divisions.
In an IFMA tradition the IFMA executive joined the IFMA athletes for a training session early this morning – showing again we are one family and to remind everyone that our shared passion for muaythai brings us together.