Muay Thai features on the program at The World Games in Wroclaw
Muay Thai features on the program at The World Games in Wroclaw / Pic: Facebook

The World Games 2017 are held from July 20 to July 30 in Wroclaw, Poland.

Known as the “Art of Eight Limbs”, Muay Thai is featured on the program at The World Games 2017. Thus, the event marks history with the National sport of Thailand making its debut as official medal sport.

During the last two years the qualification tournaments have taken places in all five continents with over 10,000 contestants on the roster. The most recent event was in May, when IFMA World Championships showcased the strongest field of athletes in Minsk, Belarus.

On the sport calendar The World Games are the most important event immediately after the Olympic Games. The sport of Muay Thai is now a part of a prestigious program.

“Muay Thai is proud to be part of the IWGA. Muay Thai is not only an exciting ring sport to enter the World Games, but also a combat sport with ancient traditions and values,” stated IFMA President Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan mid last week.

Among other sports, International World Games Association (IWGA) comprises several Martial Arts. Featuring on the program the sport of Muay Thai is alongside Aikido, Ju-Jitsu, Karate, Kickboxing and Sumo.

Official website of IWGA gives Muay Thai the following presentation:

The precise origins of Muaythai are disputed, though the martial art form is said to have developed between one to two thousand years ago in Southeast Asia. It became an effective technique practiced by the soldiery of the ancient kingdoms of Siam, for the protection of their lands and borders.

A weapons bearing form of the martial art existed, as well as the unarmed form for defensive close combat. A warfare manual named “Chupasart” was written, which emphasized the martial uses of each part of the body, in harmony with the commitment of mind, body and soul.