A special event took place in Kazakhstan in cooperation with the Royal Thai Government, and the Government of Kazakhstan to promote muaythai in the Central Asian region.
Central Asia has become one of the powerhouses with the Asian Championships held in 2002 in Almaty, the World Championships held in Astana, and in 2010 in Tashkent. This shows how popular muaythai is. Mr. Massimiov who has been the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan for many years, the Vice President of the National Olympic Committee and also the FAMA president stated It shows the popularity and support from the highest level.
Mr. Massimov stated that muaythai is more than just a combat sport. The 5 pillars of the sport are the pillars of life, and that he was overjoyed when IOC gave muaythai recognition last year.