Today was a bitter-sweet day as the excitement of the finals mixed with the last few hours of what has been a warm and welcoming championships. Nine gold medals were awarded along with silver and bronze to some of the best young muaythai athletes around.
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.
There is a busy sports schedule at the first muaythai World University Championships, but balance is key to everything. And so there is a also a busy tourist schedule which the athletes and officials can avail of when they are free, packed with educational and cultural visits outside the town of Pattaya.
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.
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.