It was a full house at Abu Dhabi’s Corniche Flag Pole Area with the teams and spectators filling the arena joined by the representatives 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.
A stunning performance of the UAE traditions and legacy was presented to the audience and kept them hold their breath as the digital presentation pushed the spectator’s imagination beyond the limits of what UAE prides itself as a country of tolerance, peace, and understanding.
The Chairman of the UAE Muaythai and Kickboxing Federation His Excellency, Abdullah Saeed Al Neyad opened the night with the speech welcoming all teams to Abu Dhabi and asked 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.
IFMA Secretary-General Mr. Stephan Fox who is also GAISF Vice President congratulated the host country and thanked the leadership of the national federation and the Local Organising Committee for staging this sports oasis in the center of the UAE capital.
IFMA President Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan took the floor welcoming the teams and announcing the Asian Muaythai Championships open.
The opening bouts followed the official part telecasted live on the Olympic Channel, and it was a true celebration for the UAE spectators as UAE athletes won their bouts bringing the UAE team to the top of the ranking chart of the first competition day.
Five more days of exciting bouts will follow the opening ceremony and Abu Dhabi will live Muaythai with so many top Asian athletes competing for the medals of 2019 Asian Championships.