IFMA World Championships 2019 is held from July 20 to 29 in Bangkok. The happening marks the return of a major Muay Thai competition to Thailand in three years, following Mexico, Belarus and Sweden. The registration for the event has been open since March with up to 100 countries expected to participate. The venue accommodating the 10-day sporting fiesta was named this week – Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT).
“The official venue of the World Muaythai Championships, The Sports Authority of Thailand will soon become one of the biggest muaythai sites setting up three competition rings, fan zone, expo-zone and entertainment taking over the main sports facility of Thailand from 20 to 29 July,” International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) reported.
“Extensive presentations were made by the local organising committee at the weekly meeting with the Amateur Association of Thailand with diagrams and proposals to make this event one of the most memorable and present the Thai sports hub to the international teams.”
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“There is no better place to present the sport as the main office of all recognised sports and the National Olympic Committee,” said IFMA President Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan. “So many historical events took place here and the World Muaythai Championships will write another chapter in the history of SAT.”
IFMA Muay Thai World Championships 2019 is the second qualifying event for The World Games 2021 in Birmingham, USA. It follows Arafura Games 2019 held in Darwin, Australia (from April 26 to May 4) where several athletes earned their tickets for the most important sport event immediately after the Olympic Games.
The IFMA Worlds contest follow the concept of Olympic-system tournament. To earn Gold the competitor has to go through the opening round, quarter-final, semi-final and final (depending on the number of athletes participating in a particular class). The bouts are contested among men and women in their respective weight divisions.