In the heart of Hong Kong, the 'East Asian Muay Thai Championship 2023' unfurled, gathering participants from nine East Asian nations and celebrating Thailand's vibrant cultural export- Muay Thai. The event, co-hosted by Thailand's leading sports organizations, including the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF), the Boxing Sport Committee, the Amateur Muay Thai Association of Thailand, the Professional Boxing Association of Thailand, and the International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA), shone a spotlight on Thailand's soft power and the global appeal of its traditional martial art.
Uniting Nations through Muay Thai
The championship, held from November 23 to 26, 2023, aimed to standardize Muay Thai under the One Standard Muaythai (OSM) framework. Esteemed figures such as Dr. Panya Harnyuvong, Dr. Chao Vathayotha, and 'Captain Petchyindee Academy' spearheaded the training in both theoretical and practical aspects. The event was more than just a competition; it was a cultural immersion, complete with workshops, clinics, and performances of ancient Thai boxing arts.
Preserving Tradition, Inspiring Generation
Lanna Fighting Muay Thai, led by 'Khru Din,' and the national university sports champions from the Phetchabun campus, captivated audiences with their performances, showcasing the depth and richness of Thai boxing arts. The championship was a testament to Thailand's pride in the global proliferation of Muay Thai, adhering to standards and the Boxing Act.
Striving for Olympic Recognition
Dr. Panya highlighted the Thai government's support through the NSDF and international Thai embassies in promoting Thai cultural goods worldwide, including Muay Thai. The collective aspiration is clear: to see Muay Thai included in the Olympic Games. The dream seems increasingly attainable, with hopes high for its inclusion in the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.