World muaythai championships IFMA 2017 is held in Minsk, Belarus
IFMA Muaythai World Championships

Countdown to IFMA muaythai world championships 2017

IFMA world championships 2017 is held from May 3 to May 13 in Minsk. The national muaythai teams from all over the world, including Australia, Americas and Africa are expected to participate in the competition.

A highly anticipated event in, one of the Top 3 countries of the Art of Eight Limbs, Belarus is a historic happening. For the first time the athletes will battle out in muaythai, that last December has received a three-year provisional recognition as an Olympic sport.

On Monday, the governing body for the championship, IFMA (International Federation of Muaythai Amateur) has published several statements from the organizing committee. The press release also advises that the event “is organized by the Belorussian government, Sports and Tourism Ministry” and it is “supported by the National Olympic Committee of Belarus and under the sanctioning of the Belorussian National Federation.”

“Preparations are going well. Belarus is very excited to make history by hosting the first World Championships after Muaythai’s IOC recognition,” said the Minister of Sport Aleksandr Shamko.

“This event is more than just a sporting event, it is a cultural and sporting exchange. Athletes coming together to celebrate the spirit of sport and many cultural activities,” said General Yuriy Karaev who is the Chairman of the Belorussian Muaythai Federation.

For the first time

“It will be a proud moment for all athletes,” said the IFMA President Dr Tapsuwan. “For the first time, walking into the arena as an IOC recognized sport. Now more than ever, the Olympic values will shine on and off the field of play.”

“For many the journey will not end in Belarus. It will be the last qualifier for the upcoming World Games under patronage of the IOC. All countries will send their elute athletes to Poland,” said IFMA Athletes Commission Chair Janice Lyn.

IFMA Muaythai World Championships 2017 is a ten-day sports fiesta. It is advised that later in the week, the IFMA Sport Director will do a briefing for all the press on all final activities, conferences and cultural program.

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Misagh Norouzi
Misagh Norouzi is a Muay Thai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is training and fighting under the patronage of a prominent Thai master Top Sangmorakot. Norouzi is an author and reporter at FIGHTMAG. He covers local and national news.

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