Muaythai Receives IOC Recognition

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Muaythai Receives IOC Recognition

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Muaythai is a martial art and combat sport with over 1,000 years of tradition, but December 6th 2016 will shape the next 1,000 years, as muaythai was granted provisional recognition by the IOC Executive Board. In an official letter to IFMA President Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan, the IOC congratulated IFMA “on its achievements in the development of the federation and the sport…”

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IFMA President Dr Tapsuwan was overjoyed by the news which was the culmination of the work over many years by the IFMA to foster, develop and promote the Olympic values through the five pillars of muaythai: Honour, Respect, Fair Play, Tradition, and Excellence.

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IFMA Sport Director Charissa Tynan stated “We lodged our intent to apply for the IOC recognition on April 3rd 2012 at a special gala event, handing over the letter of intent to IOC member CK Wu and former SportAccord President Hein Verbruggen along with our application to be included into the International World Games Association (IWGA) which was handed over to IWGA former President Ron Froelich. We received recognition by the IWGA in 2013 and in 2014 were official included as an official medal sport in the World Games. That was already a glorious moment for IFMA and our athletes. The journey continued in 2015 when IFMA gained recognition by FISU and were included into the FISU World University Championships. IFMA then continued on this trajectory to fulfil the important criteria set by the IOC to be a recognised international federation; and today we must thank the IOC for their trust and we promise that we shall continue to develop and build the sport following the Olympic values and principles. Our athletes now stand proud under the Five rings while at the same time understand the responsibility that follows.”

IFMA General Secretary Stephan Fox noted “a lifelong dream of so many has finally been achieved. IFMA is a unique family. From the top to the bottom, from the bottom to the top, our muaythai anthem says it all. We are one. This is the achievement of all; the hard working National Federations which volunteer their time, our Executive Board whom have served with passion for so many years, our technical officials whom ensure that Fair Play is observed on all levels; our educators and coaches whom continually develop the sport and athletes. All of us have one goal. To protect, guide, pave the way and at the same time listen to our most important asset: our Athletes, our Youth. They will carry the Olympic values, the values of our sport both in and out of the field of play to a time when we are all but dust and memories.”

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IFMA would like to thank ARISF for evaluating our application in such a professional manner and welcoming us into the family of IOC recognised IFs. We would like to thank all our fellow AIMS members and pledge our continued support for the AIMS family. Finally, we would like to thank the IOC Sports Department for their utmost professionalism and guidance; and the IOC Executive Board members led by its President Dr. Bach for the trust and belief that IFMA has deserved IOC recognition and that IFMA will be a valuable addition to the IOC family.

Muaythai receives the recognition of IOC 7 December 2016 IOC-b-meeting Muaythai is a martial art and combat sport with over 1.000 years of tradition, but the 6 December 2016 form the next 1.000 age, as muaythai was provisionally recognized by the IOC Executive Direction. In an official letter to President IFMA Sakchye Tapsuwan, the IOC has congratulated IFMA “the results achieved in the development of the federation and the sports …” Kit McConnell-President of IFMA, Dr. Tapsuwan, We were very surprised by the news that have been the culmination of the work for many years by promoting dell'IFMA, develop and promote the Olympic values ​​across the five pillars of Muaythai: honor, respect, fair play, tradition and excellence. 13010078_10208496129454785_532041061_o The sports director of IFMA Charissa Tynan he said: “We filed our appeal for the recognition of IOC 3 April 2012 at a special event gala, delivering a letter of intent Coc Wu actor and former SportAccord President Hein Verbruggen together with our application Included in the International World Games Association (IWGA) that was delivered to the former President of IWGA Ron Froelich. We have received awards in dall'IWGA 2013 and 2014 officers were included as an official medal sport in the World Games. This has already been a glorious time for IFMA and our athletes. The journey continued in 2015 when the IFMA has gained recognition by FISU and were included in the FISU World University Championships. The IFMA then continued on this trajectory to meet the relevant criteria laid down by the IOC as an international federation recognized; And today we have to thank the IOC for their confidence and we promise that we will continue to develop and build the sport following the Olympic values ​​and principles. Our athletes are now proud under five rings, while at the same time they include the following responsibilities “. The IFMA General Secretary Stephan Fox noted that “It has finally achieved a dream of many years. The IFMA is a unique family. From top to bottom, From the bottom to the top, muaythai our hymn says it all. We are one. This is the achievement of all; The National Federations hard voluntarily, our Executive Committee, which for many years have served with passion, our technicians who ensure that fair play is observed at all levels; Our teachers and coaches who continually develop the sport and the athletes. Each of us has a purpose. To protect, lead, lead the way and at the same time listening to our most important asset: our athletes, our youth. They will bring the Olympic values, the values ​​of our sport both on the field and off the playing field, until we are nothing more than dust and memories “. screen-shot-2016/12/07-at-11-48-17 The IFMA would like to thank the ARISF to evaluate our application in a professional way and accommodate us in the family of IOC recognized IF. We would like to thank all our colleagues AIMS and promote our continued support for the AIMS family. Finally, we would like to thank the Department of the IOC Sport for maximum professionalism and guidance; And by the Executive Committee of the IOC led by its President Dr. Bach for the confidence and belief that IFMA has earned the recognition of the IOC and the IFMA will be a very valuable addition to CIOs family.

Muaythai Receives IOC Recognition