Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Asian martial art games & Olympic Comittee Asia (OCA)

IFMA Meeting With OCA

A special meeting was held between OCA President H.R.H. Sheik Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, OCA Director General Mr. Husain Al-Musallam, Dr. Santhiparp Tejavanija, advisor to the OCA president, and Mr. Stephan Fox IFMA general secretary.

IFMA, which has been a partner of the OCA since the inclusion of Muaythai (Muay) as a demonstration sport in the 1998 Asian Games, has gained huge popularity and is included in the SEA Games, Indoor Asian Games and also in the TAFISA World Sport For All Games under patronage of the IOC.

The sport has also experienced a huge boost in popularity since the production of the Contender Asia Muaythai reality series, which has been at the top of the ratings in 23 countries across Asia on AXN. Many important issues were on the agenda such as the next Indoor Asian Games, the 2010 GAISF Martiad Combat Games and the planned Asian Martial Arts Games under the OCA.

IFMA and the OCA agreed on close cooperation towards martial arts in general.

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