The second day of Muay Thai competition at The World Games 2017 took its place on Saturday July 29.
This week Muay Thai debuted at The World Games 2017 making history as a full medal sport. Organized by the International World Games Association, TWG is a multi-sport event held every four years, a year after Summer Olympics. Recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), it is a prestigious competition immediately after Olympic Games. The list of disciplines includes the sports that are not currently featured in the official Olympic program. Governed by the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA), last December the “Art of Eight Limbs” received a provision recognition from IOC, consequently joining the elite.
The opening round of Muay Thai at The World Games was held on Friday. The semi-final bouts took their place on Saturday at Orbita Hall. Held in two rings, there were 22 contests all up, with male and female athletes battling out in their respective weight categories.
Among bouts, in the female 54 kg class Valeriya Drozdova of Russia took a unanimous decision (27:30) against Meltem Bas of Turkey. In the 71 kg male division Thai Suppachai Muensang aka Superbon Banchamek earned a unanimous decision (27:30) against Gabriel Mazzetti of Peru. As well, Belarusian Vitaly Gurkov defeated American Troy Jones via the third-round TKO at 75 kg class. The complete results of the semi-final bouts can be found on the official website of IFMA.
The championship program comprising 11 bouts is scheduled for Sunday afternoon. The bouts for Bronze are held in the morning.