Coming Home was Thailand’s motto when they bid for the World Muaythai Championships 2019. They have now been given this honour, making this the first senior level muaythai event to be held in Bangkok since 2015.
In Argentina free muaythai classes offer a lifeline to children left behind by the economic challenges facing the country; and for one boy learning to trust his coach has meant the difference between despair and hope.
One young boy in Mexico embodies the spirit of the Sport Is Your Gang projects: he went from being selling drugs for a criminal gang to teaching muaythai and living a clean life thanks to the support of the Mexican project.
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.