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.
In the second day of muaythai action for the World University Championships, some familiar faces including Ali Dogan jumped the ropes for a busy day. Taking place in the busy tourist town of Pattaya, the crowds had plenty to cheer about as 16 countries vied for places in the next round.
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.
The organising committee for the muaythai World University Championships invited all participants to a feast of traditional Thai seafood dishes in a beach-side restaurant, to celebrate this inaugural event.
Today saw the arrival of many muaythai teams for the first World University Championships in Thailand, with more expected tomorrow. FISU president Oleg Matytsin said the athletes are part of a new wave of sports joining FISU with 34 events being held globally.