IFMA Muay Thai Youth World Championships 2017
IFMA Youth Worlds / Pic: IFMA

Youth conference addresses healthy Muay Thai life

IFMA Youth Worlds 2017 was held from 3 to 11 August in Bangkok, Thailand with 79 Nations participating. The happening known as the highlight event of the year for the young Muay Thai fighters crowned new champions last Thursday.

Over the course of the event, in addition to the contests inside the square circle, numerous cultural activities have taken the place. Among everything, Youth conference addressed to healthy life was held at the athlete’s hotel, the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur, reported on its website on Saturday.

The list of attendees included the athletes, IFMA officials, as well as the representatives of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Various important aspects have been raised by the Officials such as WADA regulations, the ways to combine school with an elite level of training. In addition, the discussion included a perspective of Muay Thai and its benefits to people’s lives, while the sport is “much wider than just in the gym”. The athletes have also shared their experience and ideas, as well as asked the emerging questions.

“Through conferences like this IFMA continues to ensure that the youth of the world play the most important part in our youth development programme,” said Chair of the IFMA Youth Commission Elisa Salinas. “The aim is always to ensure they have a voice in the overall decision-making process of IFMA planning for the future, as they are the future.”

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Parviz Iskenderov

Parviz Iskenderov is a muaythai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former national champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. He covers national and world news. Iskenderov is also the WKN (World Kickboxing Network) international coordinator for Australia.

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