The 2019 Asian Championships has come to an end with the traditional Gala and Award Night. It was an amazing week in Abu Dhabi and the standing ovation was given by the athletes of the 35 participating countries to the organisers and H.E. Abdullah Al Neyadi Chairman of the UAE Muaythai Federation.
A special Thank You was give to everyone who contributed from the LOC headed by Tareq Mohamed Al Mehairi the Executive Director of the UAE Muaythai. It was then that the awards was given out to outstanding achievement of the event and through the year in the Asian region.
First it was the individual awards.
The Outstanding Male Athlete became Ilyass Hbibali (UAE) who won his gold medal after his second place in Macau.
The Outstanding Female Athlete became Sara Idriss (LBN) for her impressive effort towards her gold medal.
The Rising Star Male went to Sara’s team mate Khaled Tarraf who made it to the podium in his first elite event as he transitions to the senior’s division.
Rising Star Female was given to Ha Hui Hieu Huyn from Vietnam.
Best Wai Kru was won by Thanawan Thongduang which was a great addition to her gold medal.
Best Overall Team went to the team Iran which was also the most numerous team. it was a great demonstration of how many outstanding athletes Iran has across genders and ages.
Outstanding Male Youth Athlete went to Omar Samhan (UAE) who set a flawless record in his IFMA profile.
Outstanding Female Athlete was awarded to Faezeh Fali (IRI) which was a testimony of a strong female representation in the team Iran.
Youth Rising Star Male was given to Hadi Qadir (IRQ) who brought gold to his team.
Youth Rising Star Female went to Kavya Vishwanath (IND) who became a true pride for her team for her performance.
Spirit of Muaythai went to Elias Grazali (MAS).
Best Technical Official was given to Ali Zafar Atefi (AFG)
Best Coach was awarded to Mousa Naghizadeh (IRI)
Most Improved Team went to India as Indian athletes truly showed a great progress at the Asian Championships.
After the team awards with the best overall team being the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Best Elite Team Went to Thailand.
The Best Youth Team became Kazakhstan.
Lebanon received the award for the best entourage while Iraq received the best Vocal Team.
The social awards for 2019 went to the Palestine Muaythai Federation for the outstanding contribution especially as a country filled with hardship.
Yemen received the most inspiring award and the standing ovation from all delegates.
Special awards was give to the Pi Muay band being there for 5 days every day from 6 to 8 hours and showing the cultural part of the sport which is untouchable and protected by IFMA.
Chairman Abdullah thanked the FAMA and IFMA team for the work and contribution to success and also for the continued growth for the development of Muaythai and a special award was given to the IFMA President and Secretary General.
The night ended as always in unity and diversity coming together and many new friendships have been made. IFMA will continue to use the unique colour of Muaythai towards the social change far beyond the competition area,
Thank you Abu Dhabi for unforgettable Asian Championships 2019.