Muay Thai Becomes Legal in Ontario, Canada
By Mike LNg
I have some good news and more good news. Though, its taken until a decade past the 21st century Ontario has finally been granted the legal right to fight full rules Muay Thai. For a long time now it appeared Calgary would enjoy a virtual monopoly on the ring sport in the nation of Canada. That appears to at long last be at an end.
Much like the United States of America, Ontario’s decision to in effect legalize MMA will give umbrella coverage to full rules Muay Thai. How did this decision come to be?
The Minister of Consumer Services, Sophia Aggelonitis was quoted as saying ” the province has come around on the issue after seeing the benefits that MMA could bring to Ontario.”
“Our government has been monitoring MMA for some time. We know that the sport has evolved and that Ontarians want to see it here,” Aggelonitis said in a statement released Saturday.
“My goal is to make sure we have the tools to keep the competitors safe, and provide an economic boost to communities that want to host MMA events”.
This will mean a lot to the burgeoning Muay Thai community in Ontario that includes Phady’s, Siam No.1, Iron Tiger and many other gyms. Though it’s early and highly speculative to say at this juncture, I suspect Vancouver B.C. could be next and Calgary will no longer be alone in having full rules Muay Thai (albeit in Calgary it requires elbow pads).
I had a feeling something was afoot in Ontario with their first announced amateur Muay Thai card in 2 years. Despite some in-fighting and a struggle to hold it back via Calgary’s Robin Finley, Ontario has gotten the greenlight to proceed with rules allowing Muay Thai. This is very good news and hopefully more good news will come in the days and months down the road for Ontario and all of Canada.