Muay Thai fighter Svetlana Vinnikova nominated for IWGA Athlete of the Year
Muay Thai fighter Svetlana Vinnikova nominated for IWGA Athlete of the Year 2018 / Pic: Instagram

Muay Thai for the IWGA Athlete of the Year title

Russian fighter Svetlana Vinnikova is a nominee for the Athlete of the Year 2018 held by International World Games Association (IWGA). The event is an annual contest, yet it is the first time when Muay Thai competes for the title among 25 sports in total.

The happening follows The World Games 2017 held in Wroclaw, where “The Art of Eight Limbs” debuted as a full medal sport. Although the sport governed by International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) is yet to be a part of the Olympic Games it received a provisional recognition from IOC late 2016.

Supporting its representative in an on-going poll for the “Athlete of the Year” the organization shared a list of steps that Muay Thai devotees can make in order to vote for Svetlana Vinnikova. The detailed information can be found on the official website of IFMA.

“Muay Thai is my life, says IWGA Athlete of the Year nominee Vinnikova. “I can’t imagine my life without it.”

“People ask me what hobbies I have. And when I think about it, it’s simple: training, eating and competing.”

The resume of Svetlana Vinnikova includes two Gold medals at IFMA World Championships (2017-2018) at 63.5 kg weight class as well as the first place on the pedestal at The World Games 2017 at 60 kg. In addition, she is a two-time European champion and Female Martial Artist of the Year in Russia.

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