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Muay Thai takes a big step in being accepted as an Olympic sport



Muay Thai Olympics

Muay Thai fighters in action at the Swedish Championships. Photo Chris Önnerby

At a recently held press conference, the International Federation of Muay Thai Associations (IFMA) announced that a Muay Thai demonstration competition will be held during the Summer Olympic Games 2024 in Paris.

That is a big step in making Muay Thai accepted as an Olympic sport.

The competition will be a side program to the Olympics, with over 1000 fighters from 24 countries participating. There will also be ‘wai kru’ in the opening ceremony by two-time K-1 World MAX champion Buakaw Banchamek.


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Muay Thai extravaganza

The five-day show will also feature exhibitions and workshops with the highlight being scheduled for August 5th and 6th being fights between athletes from 24 countries.

The bouts will take place at Club France. At the moment, there are no words of which countries that will send fighters to the exhibition, however, it’s a fair guess that Thailand will have a number of athletes competing.

The Paris 2024 Summer Olympics will be held from July 26 to August 11. Paris will host the Games for the third time, making it the second city to achieve this after London​. The Summer Olympics will feature 32 sports, including the Olympic debut of breakdancing.

The games aims to promote gender equality by having an equal number of male and female athletes.

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