IFMA prides itself on its youth development ensuring that the athletes and the youth are at the centre of IFMA’s work. The values of Muaythai and IFMA focus on youth development and social exchange. IFMA as an IOC recognised organisation promotes the Olympic spirit of excellence, friendship and respect. The IFMA youth world championship, in which discrimination of any kind has no place is a festival of unity in diversity, respect for all. The 2019 IFMA youth world championship took place in Antalya, Turkey in a beautiful beach side resort with a convention centre, where the athletes regardless of social background, race or religion lived together, trained together, competed, took part in a talent show and social initiative and above all had fun making new friendships.
As after every event IFMA ran a survey with all participating organisations and most importantly the athletes and officials as they have an important voice. We want to ensure that they have experience staying in their memories for a life time. Only from this service we can learn and improve. As the athletes develop we as an organisation must do the same. The survey concluded that the athletes enjoyed the 2019 youth world championships and there we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this important result, especially the Turkish Muaythai federation, the city of Antalya, the officials, the medics, the staff, the IFMA team and certainly the many volunteers bringing smiles and wiping tears when the result was not in favour. Thank you Turkey, on behalf of the IFMA youth.