New President Appointed for Muay Thai’s Bid into the IOC
By Mike LNg
A new president has been appointed for the effort to make Muay Thai an Olympic sport. The objective again is to make Muay Thai an IOC recognized sport by 2011.
Notably the movement is again spearheaded by the World Muay Thai Council’s (WMC) president, which is ironic since in their professional endeavors they have neither rankings nor a means of clearly determined who hold which belt why and for how long. Among some of the WMC’s past practices has been unexplainable revocation of titles and multiple simultaneous holders of titles. Notably not mentioned is Stephan Fox, WMC Vice President who notably remarked during the Champions of Champions 2 event, “They are small, flatnosed people”
On 19 April, General Pichit Kullawanit, a consultant of Amateur Muaythai Association of Thailand and World Muaythai Council, together with “Big Wieng”, General Chetta Thanajaro, ex-president of Thailand Olympic and World Muaythai Council, Mr.Atthachai Bunkamkowit, permanent secretary of Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Mr.Peerawit Suwanprathet, deputy director of Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr.Sombat Kurupan, director-general of Department of Physical Education, General Bancha Narinphong, committee of Thailand Olympic, Mr.Taweesak Detdecho, deputy assistant of Bangkok, Mrs.Pranee Sattayaprakorb, representative of the Office of National Culture Commission, attended the conference to determine means and plan for supporting Muaythai to Olympic Games.
General Pichit said, this conference was organized according to the intention of Somdet Phra Boromma-orasathirat Sayammakut Ratchakuman. He said that he wishes to support Muaythai. He ordered the representative of Ministry of Foreign Affair particularly to coordinate as a representative of Thailand in order to find alliance countries in supporting Muaythai to be approved by International Olympic Commission and being contained as Olympic sport afterwards.
Regarding to this, major general Sanan Kachornprasart, Deputy Prime Minister, who also appeared before royalty, advised to make a project and submit to the parliament as national agenda in supporting Muaythai to Olympic Games.
Mr.Peerawit said, supporting Muaythai to Olympic Games has been arranged as the project of Ministry of Foreign Affair.
Due to this, the conference concluded that General Chetta would be the president of project “Muaythai to Olympic”. General Pichit will be the president of consultant committee. Project committee will be assigned by government institutes and relevant private companies, including the deputy of the Department of Physical Education and Olympic Commission of Thailand. Its goal is to attain IOC approval within 2011 before attending Olympic Games in the future.
“Big Wiang” revealed that Muaythai competition in Olympic is not just a dream because more than 125 member countries all over the world are supporting.