“Giving Back” is an important part of MUAYTHAI…

For over twenty years IFMA has used the power of sport, to contribute to communities. Alone we can only do so much; united we can achieve so much more.

To that end, important partnerships have been formed with organisations like Peace & Sport, Generations for Peace, UNWomen and now, also with UNESCO.
One of the concepts IFMA has followed for over 10 years is transforming impoverished areas through sport, constructing public sport complexes with free access for all, enhancing inclusive and sustainable urbanization.

Solid initiatives have already been launched and developed in countries like Mexico, Thailand, Peru and South Africa just to name just a few.

The IFMA Sport Is Your Gang Project is implemented in over fifty countries around the world and won the Spirit of Sport award in 2014.

UNESCO and IFMA agreed to the cooperation in recognition of sport’s potential to contribute to development and peace. The cooperation will aim to foster intercultural dialogue through muaythai, promote physical literacy and create inclusive communities through the transformation of impoverished areas. IFMA, like UNESCO promotes physical education and sport as a fundamental human right.

UNESCO Spokesperson for Social and Human Rights Dr. Sue Vize attended the IFMA Youth World Championships and was particularly impressed on the cultural exchange programmes initiated by IFMA for its young participants, and on IFMA’s capacity to organise and more importantly to deliver large scale programmes on cultural understanding, unity in diversity, with a focus on the youth.