IFMA braces for a big muaythai year
IFMA braces for a big muaythai year / Pic: Facebook

IFMA Muay Thai braces for a big 2019

The International Federation of Muaythai Amateur gears up for a big year with a number of world-class events featured on the calendar. The list includes Arafura Games, Senior and Junior World Championships, and much more.

“In 2019, IFMA is in preparation for many events around the globe, from national to continental to world or multi-sport games. The main calendar will also see the start of the road to the World Games 2021 in Birmingham Alabama, with all major events also serving as qualification,” reads the announcement Monday. “IFMA athletes will again have the chance and opportunity to travel to some of the most beautiful parts of the globe.”

The kick off is scheduled from February 2 to 7 with “Muaythai Celebration and Activities” held in the capital of the Kingdom of Thailand. February 6 marks the World Muaythai Day in honour of the Tiger King.

The Arafura Games 2019 launches a series of events contested in the format of Olympic-system tournament. The competition is held in Darwin, Australia from April 26 to May 2.

“Muay Thai is one of the only two non-Olympic sports on the programme. As the Arafura Games come to an end the SportAccord Convention 2019 will kick off on the Gold Coast at which the Oceania Championships will be part of the Sport Festival.”

IFMA World Championships is scheduled from July 18 to 28 in Bangkok. The event marks a return of The Art of Eight Limbs to Thailand in honour of HM the King’s Birthday celebrations.

The next event is World Martial Arts Masterships taking place in Cheongju, Korea. Muay Thai is featured on the roster as one of the twelve world recognised combat sports and martial arts participating.

In addition, IFMA Youth World Championships 2019 is held from August 30 to September 3 in Antalya, Turkey.

“Over 100 national championships plus the five continental championships are also part of the IFMA agenda, not to mention the many meetings and conferences IFMA is part of as a member of GAISF, IWGA, FISU… the social programmes and initiatives with UNESCO, UN Women, Peace & Sport, Generations for Peace… and the IFMA family is looking forward to a fruitful and successful 2019,” stated IFMA Director Charissa Tynan.

This month the organization holds a campaign in order to support the representative of Muay Thai, Russian Svetlana Vinnikova who has been nominated for IWGA Athlete of the Year 2018.