International Federation of Muaythai Associations set to establish a regional Muay Thai centre in Abu Dhabi
The International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA) is set to announce the establishment of a regional Muay Thai centre in Abu Dhabi.
The decision comes amid a significant development of the game in the UAE as its popularity grows rapidly.
Now the UAE has its sights on hosting a world championship tournament, according to Tariq Al Muhairi, executive director of the UAE Muay Thai and Kickboxing Federation.
Muay Thai or Thai boxing is a combat sport originating in Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.
The move follows the election of Abdullah Al Neyadi, chairman of the UAE Muay Thai and Kickboxing Federation, as the head of the Arab Federation.
In a statement to state news agency WAM, Al Muhairi said that Abu Dhabi will become a pivotal centre to develop the game in Asia and the MENA region.
He said he hoped the UAE would host one of the next world championships in 2021 or 2022.
He revealed that for the development of the game in the UAE, the local federation would seek to increase the number of centres and clubs in the country, and to introduce the game in schools, and start clubs and private academies.
He hoped the new Abu Dhabi headquarters would be opened in September.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.