Muay Thai Australia selects national team members
Members of Muay Thai Australia National team 2016

Muay Thai National Championships 2017 will select the team members to represent Australia this May in Belarus and Thailand.

National Championships is held from Friday February 17 to Sunday February 19 at Tallebudgera Recreation Centre on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Seniors and Juniors will battle out in hopes to become a member of the team that represents the Nation at the IFMA Muay Thai World Championships.

Seniors will travel to Minsk where the event is held from 3 to 13 May. Juniors will partake in the youth competition held from 3 to 11 August in Bangkok. Generally, a large team out of Australia participates in the world muaythai championship events.

The schedule for the upcoming weekend has been released on Facebook. Friday is the day of fighters registration, official weigh-in and rules meeting. The competition begins on Saturday at 12 pm. The opening ceremony is held an hour earlier. Sunday is the final day. The bouts begin at 12 pm. Also, according to the IFMA procedure the weigh-in is held every day of the bouts from 6 am to 8 am.

Lastly, in December 2016 Muay Thai received a provisional recognition as Olympic sport by the International Olympic Committee. Such recognition is a first step to becoming a future Olympic sport. The recognition is given for a three-year period. During that time, the IOC executive board can recommend full recognition. Becoming part of the Olympic Games is a seven-year process.

In addition, last Monday February 6 the world celebrated the Muay Thai Day. The date annually honors the father of muaythai, the Ayutthaya-era king Somdet Phra Sanphet VIII, also known as Phra Chao Suea (the Tiger King).