Muay Thai makes its debut as a full medal sport at The World Games 2017.
The World Games is an international multi-sport event held every four years, one year after the Summer Olympics. The list of disciplines includes the sports that are not contested in the official Olympic Games program. The competition, recognized by IOC, is organized by the International World Games Association (IWGA).
This year the event is held in Wroclaw, Poland from July 20 to July 30. It makes history with the sport of Muay Thai debuting as a full medal sport. The happening follows a provisional recognition the “Art of Eight Limbs” received from IOC in December 2016.
The program of Muay Thai at The World Games 2017 starts on July 28. On Friday the sports governing body, International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA), posted the results of the official draw and weigh-in ceremony held the day earlier.
In summary, 22 contests are scheduled to take place at Orbita Hall. The bouts held at ring A and B feature male and female athletes. The respective weight classes include 11 divisions in total, with eight for men ranging from 54kg to 91kg, and three for women ranging from 51kg to 60kg.
Among the bouts Apasara Kosorn of Thailand faces off Myriamee Djedede of France in a re-match of a keenly contested bout at the 2017 World Championships in Minsk. Also world champion out of Belarus Vitaly Gurkov [Vital Hurkou] goes up against Portugal’s champion Diogo Calado also in a rematch. The country-host of the event, Poland is as well in action with one athlete in each division.
— IFMA Muaythai (@IFMA_Muaythai) July 28, 2017