The mayor of the city of Minsk made an invitation for a special gala cocktail reception for all the Presidents and General Secretaries of the participating countries of the 2017 World Championships.
All delegates were welcomed with an international buffet involving traditional Belarus cuisine, Belarus music and culture. The president of the Belarus Federation made a speech to all his muaythai family members and representatives from the Belarus government and city saying that this is a historical moment for Minsk, Belarus.
IFMA General Secretary, Stephan Fox, on behalf of the IFMA executives, and the IFMA President Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan, thanked the Belarusian government, the national federation and all the hard working members of the LOC to make this event possible.
A toast was then made to friendship and towards the respect for one another. Regardless of race and religion, muaythai is united under the spirit of sport.