At 2pm this afternoon, the Muaythai Arena will be declared open for the start of the IFMA Asian Muaythai Championship 2019. The city of Abu Dhabi will host the Championship for the first-time from the 17th December until the 21st December, under the supervision of IFMA, the International Federation of Muaythai Associations.
The custom-built arena is situated in Abu Dhabi’s Corniche Flag Pole Area, will witness over 350 athletes from over 25 different Asian countries who will compete for the Muaythai gold of Asia.
Last night IFMA verified and confirmed the participation of 26 teams in the Asian Championship; The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, India, Iran, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, South Korea, Macau, Nepal, Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Malaysia, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Vietnam. All of these teams have expressed their desire to participate and have completed their participation procedures yesterday to ensure all requirements are met that allows for a successful competition.
The participating teams have expressed their excitement for the Asian Championship, which has been organised by the United Arab Emirates Muaythai and Kickboxing Federation under the presidency of His Excellency, Abdullah Saeed Al Neyadi.
His Excellency has welcomed all teams to Abu Dhabi and to treat the city like their second home. He said, ‘the UAE has opened its arms to everyone’ and thanked those for their continued support and those who have helped the development of the game at the local Arab and Asian level.
Al Neyadi praised the support of the wise leadership of the youth and sports sectors, and praised the role of the National Olympic Committee, the Sports Authority, Abu Dhabi Sports Council and all parties that have contributed to the support of the Federations efforts. He also thanked all clubs and various media outlets.
UAE National Team Athletes
The United Arab Emirates national team participating in the Asian Muaythai Championship is headed by Yasser Salem Al Saadi, Vice President of the UAE Muaythai and Kickboxing Federation. Other members of the management team include; Omar Ali Mukhlas, Technical Director and the Technical Staff consisting of Sanit Samat, Mongoken, and Adel Jawad.
The UAE Athletes competing includes Zakaria Al Jamari (57 kg), Ibrahim Bilal Al Nawasrah (60 kg), Noureddine Samir (63 kg), Muhammad Mardi (67 kg), Amin Al-Mu’tasim (71 kg), Elias Habibali (81 kg), and Ahmed Abd Al-Aziz Abdul-Samad (75 kg).
As for the Youth category, competing are; Ahmed Khalifa Al-Dhaheri (14-15 age group, 42 kg), Mohammed Ahmed Al-Sabri (12-13 age group, 44 kg) Mohammed Abdullah Al Neyadi (16-17 age group, 54 kg), Hazza Mohammed Al Qubaisi (12-13 age group, 46 kg), Nora Khalil Abdul Rahman (16-17 age group, 57 kg), Muhammad Jumaa Al-Thumairy (12-13 age group, 44 kg), Ali Hamid Al-Yarbi (12-13 age group, 40 kg), Abdullah Saif Al-Hosani (16-17 age group), Ghanem Khalifa Al-Dhaheri (14-15 age group, 44 kg), Abdullah Fahd Hamdoun (12-13 age group, 46 kg), Omar Samhan (16-17 age group, 81 kg), and Mohammed Saeed Al Falasi (16-17 age group, 57 kg).
The referees for the IFMA Asian Championship 2019 include local and international referees.