10 Nov 2015

Attendees at the WBC Muaythai assembly at the the WBC Kunming Convention in China

WBC Muaythai held its annual gathering at the WBC convention in Kunming held at the six-star Intercontinental Hotel in Kunming, China.

Reports were presented and discussed from countries in Greater Asia, Europe and America.

A regional grouping headed by France Country Committee President Hadj Bettahar and UK Country Committee President Daniel Suarez proposed the establishment of unified European titles.

A delegation from Japan headed by Japan Committee President Chisa Yamana presented details of the successful administration model for the flourishing development of Muaythai activity in Japan, which had resulted in two Japanese World Champions along with success for Japanese fighters in International titles and weight-based National championships.

Delegates were given a presentation from Mark Cavanaugh (USA) on how WBC Muaythai promoters could participate in the streaming broadcasts of championship events, as well as information on a new fan-based Muaythai digital game.

The meeting was informed of the importance of the WBC Muaythai monthly rankings in all weight divisions for World and International Championships. The rating criteria for rankings in each weight division mirrors the model for WBC boxing rankings, along with the worldwide safety standards that give credibility for all sanctioned championships.

WBC Muaythai Chairman Pol. General Kovid Bhakdibhumi said 2015 has been an historic year for the WBC MUAYTHAI.

?It has been a celebration of 10 years when Muaythai came under the umbrella of the World Boxing Council.

?During this time the WBC has continued to identify the best in Muaythai talent and championship. This has been achieved on the world stage through the WBC Muathai rankings in 19 weight divisions.

?The rankings of boxers and their weight categories have given Muaythai boxers the same prestige as WBC international boxing. Rankings, weight divisions, rules and regulations remain of primary importance for championship standards and boxers? safety.

?On behalf of the many thousands who love and admire Muaythai I thank the WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman for supporting our great martial arts combat sport of Muaythai.

?The past few years has seen a proliferation of organizations organizing MuayThai and modified kickboxing events.

?The WBC supports the full rules of MuayThai as regulated by the Sports Authority of Thailand and as attested by the official rules of the WBC MuayThai.

?It is important that the WBC continues to adhere to the full implementation of all MuayThai rules and regulations to maintain safety standards and to ensure that all events minimalize safety risks.?

?MuayThai is always evolving on the world stage and the WBC MuayThai will continue to show leadership to keep the sport safe and progressive.

?The Asian Boxing Council has been proactive with establishing regional boxing championships the fast developing countries of China and India. I am sure that like boxing there is much interest and support for MuayThai in both India and China that are the world?s most populated countries.

?I thank everyone who has come to today?s meeting and I look forward to seeing you again next year to share our camaraderie of spirit and enjoyment of combat sport.?

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