Muay Thai fighters from Australia received a new international stage to showcase their skills. The representatives of green and gold can now participate in the Asian regional events.
“The National Federation Muaythai Australia (MTA) is fully recognised by the Australian Sports Commission and the Oceania Olympic Committee recently signed an MoU with the Olympic Council of Asia, so Australia athletes like in Football, can participate in future Asian regional events,” International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) reported.
Last December the Australian athletes took part in the Asian Muay Thai Championships 2018 held in Macau. The event marked the first time Oceania was represented at such competition. Yolanda Schmidt took gold in the 57 kg women’s class.
Muay Thai is featured on the programme of the World Martial Arts Masterships 2019 held in Chungju, South Korea. In addition, the roster of the 2020 Asian Beach Games in Sanya, China also includes “The Art of Eight Limbs”. The representatives of Australia are expected to participate in both competitions.
Meanwhile, Australia is a host of Arafura Games 2019 which opens the official Muay Thai programme for this season. The event is held in Darwin from April 26 to May 4. The winners in selected weight classes earn the ticket to The World Games 2021 in Birmingham.