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.
It was an amazing SportAccord Convention in Thailand – the motherland of Muaythai, and the event was full of Thai traditions of which Muaythai is an inseparable part.
Muaythai is at The World Games for the first time this year, and the pressure is on athletes from the home of the sport Thailand to bring home gold from the huge event in Poland.