The IFMA Opening Ceremony was a true sporting spectacle when the National Federations from 5 continents marched proudly into Bangkok's The Mall Bangkapi Exhibition Hall.
The opening was presided over by Air Chief Marshal Rangsan Ditthabunjong, representative of HRH the Crown Prince of Thailand. President of the WMC General Chetta Thanajaro and President of IFMA Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan both gave inspirational opening speeches.
A one and a half hour cultural show followed, which took the audience on a journey through a thousand years of history from the days of ancient to present day muaythai.
Guy on stage holding the SA Flag
Sibak Winston, Mei- Chi, Nong, Wesley, Jarred, Bukhulule, Kevin and Justin at opening ceremony
Average day of competition
Jarred, Kevin, Justin, Bukhulule, Nong, Wesley
Jarred warming up for his Fight
Justin awaiting the decision
kevin awaiting the decision
Bukhulule in action VS Ukraine
Sibak Winston, Mei-Chi and Nong
The team during a competition day
Over 20,000 spectators turned up to watch the 2010 IFMA World Championship Finals.
The VIP section was packed with representatives of national sport authorities, the Olympic movement and the Royal Thai government.
After 8 days of hard competition, it was Thailand to win back the trophy for Best Team after having lost it on 2009 to Belarus. Ukraine was a very close second.
The winning female team was Belarus, closely followed by Morocco.
Russia won the trophy for best junior male team while Turkey took the win for best female junior team.
Other trophies rewarded were as follows:
Best Boxer Male - Sonsiri Rathrong (Thailand)
Best Boxer Female - Vandayeva Katsiaryna (Belarus)
Best Wai Kru Male - Sattra Paleenaram (Thailand)
Best Wai Kru Female - Naranjo Ferandez Eva Maria - Spain
Best Prospect Junior Male - Scott Caley (USA)
Best Prospect Junior Female - Yildirim Seda (Turkey)
Uzbekistan has won the bid to host the next IFMA World Championships in 2011 and the world is looking forward to travel to Tashkent for the nest round of exciting bouts!
The team at the Kings cup press conference
The team with some of the USA team
Mei-Chi at the Kings cup press Conference
The team at the candle Lighting ceremony for the Kings Birthday at the Kings Cup event