International Federation of Muaythai Associations

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International Federation of Muaythai Associations
International Federation of Muaythai Associations.png
SportMuay Thai
CategoryCombat sport
Membership132 national associations[1]
Founded1993 (1993)
AffiliationAssociation of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations
Affiliation date6 December 2016
HeadquartersBangkok, Thailand
PresidentSakchye Tapsuwan
SecretaryStephan Fox
Official website

The International Federation of Muaythai Associations, or IFMA, called the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur until 27 July 2019, is the sole recognised sport governing body of amateur and professional Muay Thai and Muay boran consisting of 130 member countries worldwide with 5 continental federations after unification of International Federation of Muaythai Amateur and World Muaythai Council. IFMA is officially recognised by Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF),[2] the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF), the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA),[3] World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)[4] International World Games Association (IWGA),[5] and Trim and Fitness International Sport for All Association (TAFISA).[6] Muaythai has been included in many official sport programs such as the World Games, World Combat Games, Arafura Games, TAFISA Games, SEA Games, Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Asian Beach Games,[7] Demonstration Sport in the Asian Games.


The International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) started as a small federation with several enthusiastic countries more than two decades ago. It was officially inaugurated in 1993. After the passage of the first half of its life and at the dawn of an exciting new century, IFMA has grown to 128 member countries worldwide with 5 continental federations, all existing under a single, unified regulatory body. In 1998, IFMA was formally recognized by the Olympic Council of Asia. Muaythai through IFMA has come a long way from its first World Championships held in 1993 when a mere twenty-some countries participated. In the most recent World Championships the participation was overwhelming, with contestants and dignitaries attending from over one hundred countries. The highest milestone for IFMA came in 2006, when it was recognized by SportAccord (known at the time as the General Association of International Sports Federations, GAISF). Thus IFMA could proudly and officially come to the table with all other world-recognized international sports federations. Another exciting year for Muaythai was 2008, with the IFMA World Championships a part of The Association for International Sport for All's (TAFISA) World Sport for All Games under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This raised the profile of Muaythai as an internationally recognized sport, through the activities of IFMA to promote Muaythai as a medium for cultural exchange and to raise awareness about this aspect of Thai tradition. 2010 marked the year when Muaythai was one of the 13 world recognized combat sport to be part of the World Combat Games in Beijing under patronage of the IOC, and the second edition was held in 2013 again under patronage of the IOC in St Petersburg, Russia. Now 15 world recognized Martial Arts including Olympic Fencing have also joined the games. IFMA's objective is the total unification of all 128 member national federations, working mutually for the sport and the athletes. The enthusiasm and commitment of the members, boxers and officials is one of the greatest assets that IFMA brings to the ancient sport of Muaythai. [8]

FISU President Gallien & IFMA President Sakchye Tapsuwan sign the collaboration convention

2015 SportAccord Convention in Sochi marked a following milestone for IMFA. International University Sports Federation (FISU) has officially recognised muaythai signing the agreement between FISU and IFMA. IFMA President Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan and FISU delegate Claude-Louis Gallien (President) signed collaboration convention with the international governing body of muaythai. Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan expressed his satisfaction that IFMA is now a partner of FISU, while President Gallien stressed the importance of sports and friendship.

2015 was a year of elections in the Alliance of Independent Members of Sport (AIMS) which is one of SportAccord's 4 constituent groups. AIMS is an organisation encompassing 23 members of SportAccord acting in the interest of non Olympic sports.

Stephan Fox has been elected as the new AIMS President after receiving the majority of votes than Norwegian incumbent Aspen Lund at the body's General Assembly.

At the IFMA Royal World Cup in Bangkok the AIMS conference took place gathering all 23 presidents from its members as well as representatives of IOC, FISU, IWGA, Peace and Sport, TAFISA and many others. The 2015 IFMA Royal World Cup displayed the rapid popularity of women competing in muaythai as the stadium quickly reached capacity during female bouts that displayed courage and heart.

In December 2015 AIMS received provisional recognition by IOC.

The following year in December 2016 at the annual meeting of the IOC Executive Board muaythai with IFMA as the governing body was granted provisional IOC recognition for a period of three years. IFMA will now be able to receive funding from the IOC and can apply for development programmes. The full recognition has to be granted by the IOC Session.


Some of the milestones which IFMA has achieved throughout the years:[9]

IOC recognition[edit]

In April 2012, IFMA marked the official launch of the Muaythai towards IOC campaign at a special gala event in which IFMA lodged its Letter of Intent to apply for International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognition to IOC Executive Board Member, Dr CK Wu. At the same time, an application to be included in the 2017 World Games was handed to Mr. Ron Froehlich, at that time President of the International World Games Association. Also, in attendance was SportAccord President Mr. Hein Verbruggen.

At the SportAccord Convention 2016 which took place in Lausanne, Switzerland, the President of the IOC, Dr. Thomas Bach and President of AIMS, Mr. Stephan Fox signed a Memorandum of Understanding which marked the recognition of the Alliance of 23 International Recognised Member of Sport - AIMS by the IOC. IFMA is one of the 23 members of the group representing muaythai.

On December 6, 2016, the IOC Executive Board had provisionally recognised muaythai following an Executive Board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.


List of IFMA National Federations[edit]

Code Country Federation Continent Website
AFG  Afghanistan Afghanistan National Federation of Muaythai Asia
ALB  Albania Albanian Muaythai Federation Europe
ALG  Algeria Algerian Muaythai Federation Africa
ARG  Argentina Federación Argentina de Muaythai Americas
ARM  Armenia Armenian Muaythai Federation Europe
AUS  Australia Muaythai Australia Oceania
AUT  Austria Austrian Kick and Thaiboxing Association Europe
AZE  Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Muaythai & Thaiboxing Federation Europe
BAN  Bangladesh Bangladesh Muaythai Federation Asia
BLR  Belarus Belarusian Muaythai Federation Europe
BEL  Belgium Belgian Muaythai Organisation Europe
BEN  Benin Benin Muaythai Federation Africa
BOL  Bolivia Bolivia Muaythai Federation Americas
BIH  Bosnia and Herzegovina Savez Tajlandskog Boksa – Muay Thai Union Bosne I Hercegovine Europe
BRA  Brazil Confederacao Brasileira de Muaythai Tradicional Americas
BUL  Bulgaria Bulgarian National Muay Thai Federation Europe
CAN  Canada Muaythai Canada Americas
CMR  Cameroon Federation Camerounaise De Muaythai et Disciplines Affinitaires Africa
CHI  Chile Chile Muaythai Federation Americas
CHN  China China Muaythai Association Asia
TPE  Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Muaythai Association Asia
COL  Colombia Colombia Muaythai Federation Americas
DRC  Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo Muaythai Federation Africa
CIV  Côte d'Ivoire Federation Ivoirienne de Muaythai et Disciplines Assimilees Africa
CRO  Croatia Croatian Muaythai Federation Europe
CYP  Cyprus Cyprus Muaythai Federation Europe
CZE  Czech Republic Czech Muay-Thai Association Europe
DEN  Denmark Danish Muay Thai Federation Europe
DOM  Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Muaythai Federation Americas
EGY  Egypt Egypytian Pharaoh Lion Association for Martial Arts Muaythai Africa
GEQ  Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea Muaythai Federation Americas
BEN  Benin Benin Muaythai Federation Africa
FIN  Finland Muaythai Association of Finland Europe
FRA  France Fédération française de kick boxing, muay thaï et disciplines associées Europe
PYF  French Polynesia Fédération Polynésienne Boxe Thaïlandaise et Disciplines Associées Oceania
EST  Estonia Eesti Muay Thai Föderatsioon Europe
GAB  Gabon Gabon Muaythai Federation Africa
GEO  Georgia Thaiboxing Georgian Federation Europe
GER  Germany Muaythai Bund Deutschland e.V. Europe
GHA  Ghana Ghana Muaythai Federation Africa
GRE  Greece Panhellenic Muaythai Federation Europe
HKG  Hong Kong Hong Kong Muay Thai Association Asia
HON  Honduras Federacion Hondurena De Muaythai Americas
HUN  Hungary Hungarian Muaythai Federation Europe
IND  India United Amateur Muaythai Association of India Asia
INA  Indonesia Indonesian Muaythai Federation Asia
IRI  Iran I.R. IRAN National Muaythai Association Asia
IRL  Ireland Irish Muaythai Council Europe
IRQ  Iraq Iraqi Muaythai Federation Asia
ISR  Israel Muaythai Ring and Combat Sport Association Europe
ITA  Italy Federazione Italiana Muay Thai Europe
JPN  Japan All Japan Muaythai Federation Asia
JOR  Jordan Jordan Muay Thai Association Asia
KAZ  Kazakhstan Muaythai Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan Asia
KOS  Kosovo Kosovo Federation of Muaythai Europe
KUW  Kuwait Kuwait Muaythai Committee Asia
KGZ  Kyrgyzstan Krygyz Muaythai Federation Asia
LAT  Latvia Latvian Muaythai Federation Europe
LBN  Lebanon Lebanese Muaythai Federation Asia
LIB  Libya Libyan Federation of Kickboxing and Similar Sports Africa
LTU  Lithuania Lithuanian Muaythai Federation Europe
LUX  Luxembourg Federation De Muay Thai Luxembourg Europe
MAC  Macau Macau Muaythai Association Asia
MAD  Madagascar Federation Malagasy De Muaythai Africa
MLT  Malta Muay Thai Federation Malta Europe
MAS  Malaysia Malaysia Muaythai Association Asia
MRI  Mauritius Federation de Muay Thai et Disciplines Assimilees Africa
MEX  Mexico Federación Mexicana de Muaythai Americas
MDA  Moldova Federation of Muaythai of Republic of Moldova Europe
MCO  Monaco Fédération Monégasque de Muaythai et Disciplines Associées Europe
MGL  Mongolia Muaythai Federation of Mongolia Asia
MTN  Mauritania Mauritania Muaythai Federation Africa
MAR  Morocco Royale Marocaine of Muay Tai Africa
MNE  Montenegro Montenegro Muaythai Federation Europe
NEP    Nepal Nepal Muay Thai Association Asia
NED  Netherlands Muaythai Organisation Netherlands Europe
NZL  New Zealand New Zealand Muaythai Federation Oceania
NIG  Nigeria Nigeria Muaythai Federation Africa
MKD  North Macedonia MuayThai & Kickboxing Federation of Macedonia Europe
NOR  Norway Norwegian Muaythai Association Europe
PAK  Pakistan Pakistan Federation Amateur Muaythai Asia
PLE  Palestine Palestine Federation of Muaythai Asia
PAR  Paraguay Paraguay Muaythai Federation Americas
PER  Peru Peruvian Muaythai Federation Americas
PHI  Philippines Muaythai Association of Philippines Asia
POL  Poland Polish Muaythai Federation Europe
POR  Portugal Portuguese Muaythai Federation Europe
RUS  Russia Russian Muaythai Federation Europe
KSA  Saudi Arabia Martial Arts Academy Asia
SIN  Singapore Amateur Muaythai Association Asia
SEN  Senegal Federation Senegalaise de Muay-Thai Africa
SRB  Serbia Muaythai Federation of Serbia Europe
SYC  Seychelles Seychelles Muaythai Federation Africa
SCO  Scotland Scottish Muay Thai Council Europe
SVK  Slovakia Slovak Muaythai Association Europe
SLO  Slovenia Slovenian Muaythai Federation Europe
RSA  South Africa South African Amateur Muaythai Federation Africa
KOR  South Korea Korea Muaythai Association Asia
ESP  Spain Federacion Española de Kickboxing y Muaythai Europe
SRI  Sri Lanka MuayThai Association of Sri Lanka Asia
SWE  Sweden Svenska Muaythai Förbundet Europe
SUI   Switzerland Swiss Muaythai Verband Europe
SYR  Syria Syrian Muay Thai Federation Asia
TJK  Tajikistan Federation Muay Thai of Tajikistan Asia
THA  Thailand Amateur Muaythai Association of Thailand Asia
TLS  Timor Leste Federação Muay Thai Timor-Leste Asia
TOG  Togo Togo Muaythai Federation Africa
TTO  Trinidad and Tobago National Muay Thai Council of Trinidad and Tobago Americas
TUN  Tunisia Tunisian Federation of Kick Thai Boxing Africa
TUR  Turkey Turkish Muaythai Federation Europe
TKM  Turkmenistan Federation of Thai Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts of Turkmenistan Asia
UGA  Uganda Uganda Muaythai Federation Africa
UKR  Ukraine Ukraine National Muaythai Federation Europe
UAE  United Arab Emirates UAE Muaythai Federation Asia
GBR  United Kingdom United Kingdom Muaythai Federation Europe
USA  United States United States Muaythai Federation Americas
ISV  United States Virgin Islands Virgin Islands Muaythai Federation Americas
URU  Uruguay Federacion Uruguaya de Muaythai Tradicional Americas
UZB  Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Amateur and Professional Muaythai Association Asia
VEN  Venezuela Venezuela Muaythai Federation Americas
VIE  Vietnam Vietnam Muay Federation Asia
ZAM  Zambia Zambia Muaythai Federation Africa
ZIM  Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Muaythai Federation Africa

Non-Members but competed as NOCs[edit]

Code Country NOCs Continent Website
BRU  Brunei Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council Asia
CAM  Cambodia National Olympic Committee of Cambodia Asia
LAO  Laos National Olympic Committee of Laos Asia
MYA  Myanmar Myanmar Olympic Committee Asia


The IFMA organizes the following international muaythai tournaments:

The IFMA is also responsible for the muaythai games at some regional competitions as:

  • African Muaythai Championships


  • Pan-American Muaythai Championships



  • European Muaythai Championships


IFMA Executive Board[edit]

IFMA receives the Spirit of Sport Award
IFMA Executive Board
Honorary President
Pichitr Kullavanijaya
Sakchye Tapsuwan
Vice Presidents
Driss El Hilali
Elisa Salinas
Ana Vital Melo
Gennadiy Trukhanov
Rafal Szlachta
Karim Massimov
Yeo Kyu Tae
 South Korea
Sue Glassey
 New Zealand
Sham Seetaram
Cheryl Garcia
 United States
Anatoliy Simonchyk
Charissa Tynan
Caroline Baxter Tresise
Janice Lyn
Davide Carlot
Lucas Managuelod
Peter Boyd
Rodrigo Jorquera
Detlef Turnau
Mervyn Tan
Victoria Nansen
 New Zealand
Dmitry Putilin
Technical & Rules
Sami Kiblawi
Erdogan Aydin
Shahnaz Azmi
Fatima Pinto
Sherzod Tashmatov
Gustavo Luna
Wu Wei Keong
Halil Durna
Zhou Jin Biao
Magdalena Kowalcyk
Petr Ottich
 Czech Republic
Secretary General
Stephan Fox
 Germany /  Australia
Ingrid Jost
Caroline Baxter Tresise
Ethics from UNESCO
Somchai Sripiew
Refereeing & Judging
Niamh Griffin
Press & Public Relations
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Rolf Hess


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Muaythai Recognition by IOC

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