The UAE will host the Muaythai World Championship in 2022 under an agreement signed by the International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA) and the UAE Muay Thai and Kickboxing Federation.
A total of 1000 boxers from 100 countries will participate in the championship which the UAE will host for the first time amid a significant development and rapidly growing popularity of the sport in the country.
Muay Thai, or Thai boxing, is a combat sport originating in Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.
The agreement was signed in the presence of IFMA President Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan; Charissa Tynan, Executive Director of IFMA; Abdullah Al Shehhi, Member of the UAE diplomatic mission to the Kingdom of Thailand; and Tariq Al Muhairi, Member of the Board of Directors of the UAE Muay Thai and Kickboxing Federation, Executive Office of IFMA & Secretary-General of the Arab Muay Thai Federation.
Hosting the championship is a global testament to the advanced infrastructure boasted by the UAE and the track record enjoyed by the country in organising global sporting events.