International Federation of Muaythai Associations

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

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.

History[edit]

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 the 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.

Timeline[edit]

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.

Members[edit]

List of IFMA National Federations[edit]

Code Country Federation Continent Website
AFG  Afghanistan Afghanistan National Federation of Muaythai Asia www.muaythai.org.af
ALB  Albania Albanian Muaythai Federation Europe
ALG  Algeria Algerian Muaythai Federation Africa algmt.rsportz.com
ARG  Argentina Federación Argentina de Muaythai Americas argmt.rsportz.com
ARM  Armenia Armenian Muaythai Federation Europe armeniamuaythai.com
AUS  Australia Muaythai Australia Oceania muaythaiaustralia.com.au
AUT  Austria Austrian Kick and Thaiboxing Association Europe autmt.rsportz.com
AZE  Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Muaythai & Thaiboxing Federation Europe azemt.rsportz.com
BAN  Bangladesh Bangladesh Muaythai Federation Asia banmt.rsportz.com
BLR  Belarus Belarusian Muaythai Federation Europe blrmt.rsportz.com
BEL  Belgium Belgian Muaythai Organisation Europe bkbmo.be
BEN  Benin Benin Muaythai Federation Africa
BOL  Bolivia Bolivia Muaythai Federation Americas bolmt.rsportz.com
BIH  Bosnia and Herzegovina Savez Tajlandskog Boksa – Muay Thai Union Bosne I Hercegovine Europe bihmt.rsportz.com
BRA  Brazil Confederacao Brasileira de Muaythai Tradicional Americas cbmttbrasil.com
BUL  Bulgaria Bulgarian National Muay Thai Federation Europe bulmt.rsportz.com
CAN  Canada Muaythai Canada Americas muaythaicanada.org
CMR  Cameroon Federation Camerounaise De Muaythai et Disciplines Affinitaires Africa cmrmt.rsportz.com
CHI  Chile Chile Muaythai Federation Americas chimt.rsportz.com
CHN  China China Muaythai Association Asia chnmt.rsportz.com
TPE  Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Muaythai Association Asia sanda.org.tw
COL  Colombia Colombia Muaythai Federation Americas colmt.rsportz.com
DRC  Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo Muaythai Federation Africa conmt.rsportz.com
CIV  Côte d'Ivoire Federation Ivoirienne de Muaythai et Disciplines Assimilees Africa civmt.rsportz.com
CRO  Croatia Croatian Muaythai Federation Europe cromt.rsportz.com
CYP  Cyprus Cyprus Muaythai Federation Europe cyprusmuaythai.org
CZE  Czech Republic Czech Muay-Thai Association Europe czechmuaythai.cz
DEN  Denmark Danish Muay Thai Federation Europe dkmf.dk
DOM  Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Muaythai Federation Americas dommt.rsportz.com
EGY  Egypt Egypytian Pharoah Lion Association for Martial Arts Muaythai Africa www.thaiboxing.ee
GEQ  Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea Muaythai Federation Americas
BEN  Benin Benin Muaythai Federation Africa
FIN  Finland Muaythai Association of Finland Europe muaythai.fi
FRA  France Fédération française de kick boxing, muay thaï et disciplines associées Europe ffkmda.fr
PYF  French Polynesia Fédération Polynésienne Boxe Thaïlandaise et Disciplines Associées Oceania
EST  Estonia Eesti Muay Thai Föderatsioon Europe estmt.rsportz.com
GAB  Gabon Gabon Muaythai Federation Africa
GEO  Georgia Thaiboxing Georgian Federation Europe geomt.rsportz.com
GER  Germany Muaythai Bund Deutschland e.V. Europe mtbd.de
GHA  Ghana Ghana Muaythai Federation Africa ghamt.rsportz.com
GRE  Greece Panhellenic Muaythai Federation Europe pmf.rsportz.com
HKG  Hong Kong Hong Kong Muay Thai Association Asia hkmuaythai.org
HON  Honduras Federacion Hondurena De Muaythai Americas honmt.rsportz.com
HUN  Hungary Hungarian Muaythai Federation Europe hunmt.rsportz.com
IND  India United Amateur Muaythai Association of India Asia indmt.rsportz.com
INA  Indonesia Indonesian Muaythai Federation Asia inamt.rsportz.com
IRI  Iran I.R. IRAN National Muaythai Association Asia irimt.rsportz.com
IRL  Ireland Irish Muaythai Council Europe irlmt.rsportz.com
IRQ  Iraq Iraqi Muaythai Federation Asia irqmt.rsportz.com
ISR  Israel Muaythai Ring and Combat Sport Association Europe www.muaythai.co.il
ITA  Italy Federazione Italiana Muay Thai Europe federazioneitalianamuaythai.com
JPN  Japan All Japan Muaythai Federation Asia jpnmt.rsportz.com
JOR  Jordan Jordan Muay Thai Association Asia jormt.rsportz.com
KAZ  Kazakhstan Muaythai Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan Asia kazmt.rsportz.com
KOS  Kosovo Kosovo Federation of Muaythai Europe kosmt.rsportz.com
KUW  Kuwait Kuwait Muaythai Committee Asia kuwmt.rsportz.com
KGZ  Kyrgyzstan Krygyz Muaythai Federation Asia kgzmt.rsportz.com
LAT  Latvia Latvian Muaythai Federation Europe muaythai.lv
LBN  Lebanon Lebanese Muaythai Federation Asia lebmt.rsportz.com
LIB  Libya Libyan Federation of Kickboxing and Similar Sports Africa libmt.rsportz.com/
LTU  Lithuania Lithuanian Muaythai Federation Europe ltumt.rsportz.com
LUX  Luxembourg Federation De Muay Thai Luxembourg Europe luxmt.rsportz.com
MAC  Macau Macau Muaythai Association Asia macmt.rsportz.com
MAD  Madagascar Federation Malagasy De Muaythai Africa madmt.rsportz.com
MLT  Malta Muay Thai Federation Malta Europe malmt.rsportz.com
MAS  Malaysia Malaysia Muaythai Association Asia muaythaimalaysia.rsportz.com
MRI  Mauritius Federation de Muay Thai et Disciplines Assimilees Africa maumt.rsportz.com
MEX  Mexico Federación Mexicana de Muaythai Americas mexmt.rsportz.com
MDA  Moldova Federation of Muaythai of Republic of Moldova Europe thaiboxclub.md
MCO  Monaco Fédération Monégasque de Muaythai et Disciplines Associées Europe federation-muaythai.mc
MGL  Mongolia Muaythai Federation of Mongolia Asia mglmt.rsportz.com
MTN  Mauritania Mauritania Muaythai Federation Africa
MAR  Morocco Royale Marocaine of Muay Tai Africa marmt.rsportz.com
MNE  Montenegro Montenegro Muaythai Federation Europe mnemt.rsportz.com
NEP    Nepal Nepal Muay Thai Association Asia nepmt.rsportz.com
NED  Netherlands Muaythai Organisation Netherlands Europe mon.rsportz.com
NZL  New Zealand New Zealand Muaythai Federation Oceania nzmuaythai.com
NIG  Nigeria Nigeria Muaythai Federation Africa nigmt.rsportz.com
MKD  North Macedonia MuayThai & Kickboxing Federation of Macedonia Europe mkdmt.rsportz.com
NOR  Norway Norwegian Muaythai Association Europe nmta.no
PAK  Pakistan Pakistan Federation Amateur Muaythai Asia pakmt.rsportz.com
PLE  Palestine Palestine Federation of Muaythai Asia palmt.rsportz.com
PAR  Paraguay Paraguay Muaythai Federation Americas parmt.rsportz.com
PER  Peru Peruvian Muaythai Federation Americas muaythaiperu.com
PHI  Philippines Muaythai Association of Philippines Asia phimt.rsportz.com
POL  Poland Polish Muaythai Federation Europe pzmuaythai.pl
POR  Portugal Portuguese Muaythai Federation Europe fpkmt.weebly.com
RUS  Russia Russian Muaythai Federation Europe rmtf.ru
KSA  Saudi Arabia Martial Arts Academy Asia muaythai.ae
SIN  Singapore Amateur Muaythai Association Asia amasmuaythai.org
SEN  Senegal Federation Senegalaise de Muay-Thai Africa senmt.rsportz.com
SRB  Serbia Muaythai Federation of Serbia Europe srbmt.rsportz.com
SYC  Seychelles Seychelles Muaythai Federation Africa
SCO  Scotland Scottish Muay Thai Council Europe scomt.rsportz.com
SVK  Slovakia Slovak Muaythai Association Europe smta.sk
SLO  Slovenia Slovenian Muaythai Federation Europe slomt.rsportz.com
RSA  South Africa South African Amateur Muaythai Federation Africa muaythai.org.za
KOR  South Korea Korea Muaythai Association Asia kormt.rsportz.com
ESP  Spain Federacion Española de Kickboxing y Muaythai Europe fekm.es
SRI  Sri Lanka MuayThai Association of Sri Lanka Asia mtaslb.com
SWE  Sweden Svenska Muaythai Förbundet Europe muaythai.se
SUI   Switzerland Swiss Muaythai Verband Europe muaythai.swiss
SYR  Syria Syrian Muay Thai Federation Asia syrmt.rsportz.com
TJK  Tajikistan Federation Muay Thai of Tajikistan Asia tjkmt.rsportz.com
THA  Thailand Amateur Muaythai Association of Thailand Asia thamt.rsportz.com
TLS  Timor Leste Federação Muay Thai Timor-Leste Asia tlsmt.rsportz.com
TOG  Togo Togo Muaythai Federation Africa
TTO  Trinidad and Tobago National Muay Thai Council of Trinidad and Tobago Americas ttomt.rsportz.com
TUN  Tunisia Tunisian Federation of Kick Thai Boxing Africa tunmt.rsportz.com
TUR  Turkey Turkish Muaythai Federation Europe muaythai.gov.tr
TKM  Turkmenistan Federation of Thai Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts of Turkmenistan Asia tkmmt.rsportz.com
UGA  Uganda Uganda Muaythai Federation Africa ugamt.rsportz.com
UKR  Ukraine Ukraine National Muaythai Federation Europe ukrmt.rsportz.com
UAE  United Arab Emirates UAE Muaythai Federation Asia uaemt.rsportz.com
GBR  United Kingdom United Kingdom Muaythai Federation Europe ukmtf.com
USA  United States United States Muaythai Federation Americas unitedstatesmuaythaifederation.org/
ISV  United States Virgin Islands Virgin Islands Muaythai Federation Americas isvmt.rsportz.com
URU  Uruguay Federacion Uruguaya de Muaythai Tradicional Americas fumtt.com.uy
UZB  Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Amateur and Professional Muaythai Association Asia uzbmt.rsportz.com
VEN  Venezuela Venezuela Muaythai Federation Americas venmt.rsportz.com
VIE  Vietnam Vietnam Muay Federation Asia muayviet.com
ZAM  Zambia Zambia Muaythai Federation Africa
ZIM  Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Muaythai Federation Africa zimmt.rsportz.com

Non-Members but competed as NOCs[edit]

Code Country NOCs Continent Website
BRU  Brunei Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council Asia bruneiolympic.org
CAM  Cambodia National Olympic Committee of Cambodia Asia nocc.org.kh
LAO  Laos National Olympic Committee of Laos Asia olympiclao.org
MYA  Myanmar Myanmar Olympic Committee Asia

Activities[edit]

The IFMA organizes the following international muaythai tournaments:

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

  • African Muaythai Championships

Americas

  • Pan-American Muaythai Championships

Asia

Europe

  • European Muaythai Championships

Oceania

IFMA Executive Board[edit]

IFMA receives the Spirit of Sport Award
IFMA Executive Board
Honorary President
Pichitr Kullavanijaya
 Thailand
President
Sakchye Tapsuwan
 Thailand
Vice Presidents
AMU
(Africa)
CPM
(Americas)
EMF
(Europe)
FAMA
(Asia)
OFMA
(Oceania)
Driss El Hilali
 Morocco
Elisa Salinas
 Mexico
Youth
Ana Vital Melo
 Portugal
Gennadiy Trukhanov
 Ukraine
Rafal Szlachta
 Poland
Karim Massimov
 Kazakhstan
Yeo Kyu Tae
 South Korea
Sue Glassey
 New Zealand
Female
Members
AMU
(Africa)
CPM
(Americas)
EMF
(Europe)
FAMA
(Asia)
OFMA
(Oceania)
Sham Seetaram
 Mauritius
Finance
Cheryl Garcia
 United States
Anatoliy Simonchyk
 Belarus
Charissa Tynan
 Thailand
Caroline Baxter Tresise
 Australia
Janice Lyn
 Canada
Athleletes
Davide Carlot
 Italy
Lucas Managuelod
 Philippines
Peter Boyd
 Australia
Rodrigo Jorquera
 Peru
Detlef Turnau
 Germany
Mervyn Tan
 Singapore
Legal
Victoria Nansen
 New Zealand
Dmitry Putilin
 Russia
Technical & Rules
Sami Kiblawi
 Lebanon
Erdogan Aydin
 Turkey
Medical
Shahnaz Azmi
 Malaysia
Education
Fatima Pinto
 Norway
Sherzod Tashmatov
 Uzbekistan
Gustavo Luna
 Spain
Wu Wei Keong
 Macau
Halil Durna
 Turkey
Zhou Jin Biao
 China
Magdalena Kowalcyk
 Sweden
Petr Ottich
 Czech Republic
Secretary General
Stephan Fox
 Germany /  Australia
Commissions
AMU
(Africa)
CPM
(Americas)
EMF
(Europe)
FAMA
(Asia)
OFMA
(Oceania)
Ingrid Jost
 Brazil
Entourage
Caroline Baxter Tresise
 France
Ethics from UNESCO
Somchai Sripiew
 Thailand
Refereeing & Judging
Niamh Griffin
 Ireland
Press & Public Relations
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Rolf Hess
  Switzerland
Business

References[edit]

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  9. ^ "IFMA's Timeline". Ifmamuaythai.org. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2015-03-09.
  10. ^ "Muaythai world governing body rebrand acknowledges role of women in the sport". www.insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
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Muaythai Recognition by IOC

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