It is every Muaythai athlete’s dream to participate in the IFMA World Championships, which is a qualifier for the pinnacle event - The World Games. The next edition of this multi-sport games will be held in Birmingham, Alabama in 2021.
Team USA Muaythai is proud that the event will be held on their home turf: and the conquest has begun! History was made on the first day at the IFMA World Championships where the elite athletes from 78 countries came together to compete for glory.
Thailand's team was hailed as an All-Star team - as Muaythai has become an international sport and Thailand is battling for the top spot, so the pressure is on. The national team of Thailand is made up of some of the biggest names in Muaythai.
On the opening day, Asa Tenpow from the USA was matched with one of the most decorated athletes from Thailand, and he set the house on fire with a world-class performance, sending the Thai superstar packing.
This made headlines around the world, especially in Thailand. And showcased not only that Muaythai is truly international, but the seriousness from the United States Muaythai Federation to be ready for Birmingham - and to compete against the best of the best and fly the American flag high.
The IWGA staff is currently in Alabama for meetings with the local organisers of The World Games 2021, and more news from Birmingham will follow later this week.
The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. The 11th edition of The World Games will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 15-25 July 2021. 3,600 athletes from over 30 sports and 100 countries will take part in the Games.