Muay Thai debuted at The World Games in Wroclaw.
The history has been made when the sport of Muay Thai started its official program as a full medal sport on Friday July 28 at The World Games in Wroclaw, Poland. Twenty two bouts took their place at Orbita Hall featuring male and female athletes battling out in their respective weight categories.
Among bouts, in the female 54 kg class Sweden’s Sofia Olofsson took a unanimous decision (30-27) against Maria Lobo of Portugal. At 67 kg male division Ukrainian Sergii Kuliaba defeated Akram Al-Qaysi of Iraq via the second round TKO.
As well, Thai Suppachai Muensang aka “Superbon Banchamek” stopped Bulgarian Dimitar Markov in the first round of their 71 kg contest. Vitaly Gurkov of Belarus scored a unanimous decision (29-28) against Portuguese Diogo Calado at 75 kg bout, taking a revenge for their battle at 2017 World Championships in Minsk.
The World Games is an international multi-sport event held every four years, one year after the Summer Olympic Games. The competition is organized by the International World Games Association (IWGA) and recognized by IOC. The list of disciplines includes sports that are not currently featured in the official Olympic program.
In December 2016 Muay Thai received a provisional recognition from IOC. As a result, governed by the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA), it has joined the elite. The organization released the complete results of Day 1 on its official website.