2018 World Muay Thai Championships under IFMA
Provisionally recognized by the IOC since 2016, this is the first time the IFMA championships have come to the Pan-American region. The International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) welcomes male and female athletes from around the world to Cancun, under host nation Mexico.
In all 78 countries are in attendance for bouts starting Saturday the 12th of May, at weight divisions from 45 kg up to 91+ kgs.
“IFMA is proud to welcome so many young athletes to Cancun this week. This event is the highlight of the amateur Muay Thai year as the sport continues to grow and expand from its traditional home in Thailand,” said IFMA General Secretary Stephan Fox. “There are many events surrounding the bouts and the athletes will take precious memories away with them, win or lose. We would like to thank Elisa Salinas and the Mexican Muay Thai Federation for taking such good care of our athletes.”
Staying at the Oasis Grand Resort, the athletes will be entertained by a display of traditional Muay Boran during the Opening ceremony. The display will be done by a troupe of Thailand who have been touring the region with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thailand to promote cultural links between the two regions including Mexico.
The “Sport Is Your Gang” social project will also feature. This project run by IFMA federations globally is especially strong in Mexico, where head of the federation Elisa Salinas is a firm believer in the power of sport to change young lives.
IFMA prides itself on gender equality. It is fair to say that the bouts have become as popular and in some cases more popular than their male counterparts – with the best in the world squaring off.
The opening ceremony took place on May 11th with the first bouts on Saturday May 12th. Bouts continue daily with the finals on May 19th. The results are posted on IFMAlive.com.