Sunday, April 12, 2009

No "Kickboxing" in Thailand?

One great resource for Muay Thai news straight from Thailand is

You can find a lot of reports and results for high profile fights here.

Anyways, this particular article is just one I found interesting. Basically, the sports minister does not want to allow kickboxing sanctioned in Thailand.

As found on <>:

"Thailand’s sports minister says he will not allow the sport authorities to certify the “Kickboxing Association of Thailand”.

Minister of Tourism and Sports Chumpol Silpa-archa, in a meeting of the Sport Authority of Thailand (SAT) board on April 9 in Bangkok, said he personally opposes the establishment of the “Kickboxing Association of Thailand” that will require a registration with the SAT, and said he will specifically disallow use of the word “of Thailand” in the name. He claimed that the kickboxing sport has “copied” muaythai.

In the board meeting, the minister has appointed Suphanburi Governor Somsak Phurisrisak as a SAT board member replacing Worawee Magudee who resigned from his post. The board has also approved an annual budget of 42 million Baht for the SAT and has decided to set up an evaluation committee that will monitor the works of 52 sport associations under the SAT.

The minister said the evaluation would promote transparency of operation and development of sport, while determining the amount of budget each association would receive from the SAT.

In addition, the board has increased the salary of SAT Governor Kanokpan Jullakasem to about 190,000 Baht per month for his performance evaluation score of 93 out of 100. The board has also approved the SAT plan to request for 8.3 billion Baht from the government."

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