Amidst the maelstrom of organisational set backs reported in recent stories from ground zero of the 30th SEA Games from transportation delays and typhoon warnings, muaythai has forged on successfully through the first day here in Subic bay, the location of what was once the largest naval base outside of the United States. The morning started off with athletes registration and medical checks, and it was all smiles from athletes to officials, to the warm hospitality of the local medical officials and volunteers despite the rain outside.
Team managers convened for the team managers meeting at the Subic Holiday Villas, and were warmly greeted by IFMA President Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan. Dr Tapsuwan wished all delegations the best of luck and asked all participants to ensure the observance of the important traditional roots of the art of muaythai – the wai kru. He reminded that the history of muaythai belongs to all its practitioners and that it was everyone’s duty to preserve the traditional aspects as dictated in the IFMA rules and regulations.
Mr Sawaeng Thaweekoon, Chairman of the Mae Mai Wai Kru competition explained to all delegations the format and scoring of the newest addition to muaythai official competition programme at the SEA Games, as a musical form.
IFMA ITOs Dr Erdogan Aydin and Gunter Plank briefed all team managers on important facts of scoring and fouls to ensure all teams were aligned on the rules and regulations paving the way for clarity and transparency and deter from misinterpretations and misunderstandings of the rules during the event.
The draw then set the tone for the week with all opponents matched and destinies branched.
In the evening all Heads of Delegations and officials were invited to a special welcome dinner hosted by the Muaythai Association of the Philippines and its President and IFMA executive committee member Gen. Lucas Managuelod who gave a warm welcome to all delegates and pledged the unending support and assistance of his federation for all visiting muaythai teams.
A special toast by IFMA President Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan called for a successful event and for all officials to work as one towards a memorable experience for all participating athletes.
Dato Shah, Technical Delegate of the tournament extended multitudes of gratitude to Gen. Lucas Managuelod for his tireless efforts in securing muaythai’s spot in the Games and rallied for everyone’s support for Vietnam’s success for the next edition of the Games.
Tomorrow kicks off with the Mae Mai Wai Kru competition. Watch it LIVE on IFMA’s Facebook Page. Competition kicks off at 15.00, local time.
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