Muay Thai towards Olympics
The IOC delegation of more than 40 members, headed by the President Thomas Bach, has recently visited the birth place of “The Art of Eight Limbs”, the Kingdom of Thailand. Many important meetings took place, including the Prime Minister of Thailand, President Prayut Chanocha, President of the Olympic Committee of Thailand, Prawit Wongsuwan, IOC member Khun Ying Patama Leeswadtrakul, the Sport Minister of Thailand, Weerasak Kowsurat and many others,” International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) reported in the recent release.
In December 2016 Muay Thai received a provisional recognition from the International Olympic Committee. The IOC’s visit to Thailand was a great opportunity for IFMA’s Doctor Sakchye Tapsuwan and Sport’s Director Charissa Tynan to express their thank you.
The organization also shared a photograph of the IOC President, who appeared as no stranger to Muay Thai himself, showing off his kicking skills in his visit to Bangkok. He has also previously appeared as a guest of honor at a Muay Thai event invited by IFMA.
Thomas Bach is the ninth and current President of the International Olympic Committee, elected on September 10, 2013 at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is also the former member of the German Olympic Sports Confederation Executive Board.
In addition, after Jacques Rogge and Avery Brundage, Bach is the third president who was an Olympian. Furthermore he is the first to win Gold medal (in fencing) at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada.
The next IFMA event is the first World Championship held in Pan-America. The competition takes place in Cancun, Mexico from Thursday May 10 to Saturday May 19.