The press conference took place for the 2015 King’s Cup in honour of His Majesty the King’s 88th birthday. December 5 is truly a day of celebration in the kingdom of Thailand. Every year, one of the main attraction to honour His Majesty is the King’s Cup. As every year, the event will be organised in conjunction with the Royal Thai Government (Ministry of Culture), the World Muaythai Council under the patronage of H.M. the King, IFMA, the world governing body for Muaythai, Amateur Muaythai Association of Thailand under patronage of H.R.H. the Crown Prince and the Sports Authority of Thailand.
General Chetta Thanajaro, President of WMC opened the press conference welcoming all the press stating King’s Cup is one of the most important Muaythai events in the Thai calendar and he is thankful for this year’s event in the cooperation of all parties, the Royal Thai Government and certainly all the athletes from all 5 continents who are participating in this event. General Chetta also stated that Muaythai is getting closer towards recognition by the IOC and the World Muaythai Council will continue to support the IFMA campaign in the best possible ways.
The Governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand, Sakon Wannapong welcomed everyone at the press conference and as a Thai he is proud how to sport has developed worldwide and King’s Cup is truly an important event for Muaythai. Mr. Sakon also stated that the Sport Authority of Thailand will be in full support to the IFMA campaign to be recognised by the IOC.
Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan, IFMA President stated that this year’s event is important for so many reasons. Importantly to celebrate H.M. the King’s 88th birthday but also to popularise the event. The Super 4 trophy, donated by H.M. the King, the Super 4 Female trophy donated by UN Women and then thirdly the One-Round-Knock, a new concept thanking specially to General Thanwakom Tipayachan.
General Thanwakom Tipayachan, WMC Executive member stated that the One Round Knock is the exciting program where 16 competitors will only fight 1 round and the decision will be made immediately, the winner moves on until the final (2 rounds) they will fight exact 5 rounds. It will be exciting, and he is happy that all 16 athletes are coming from all 5 continents. Next year, a world event series will be hosted.
Stephan Fox, WMC Vice president and IFMA General Secretary stated that the cultural foundation of Muaythai, the music, the Wai-kru, the Mongkon is important and that the King’s Cup is for every athlete, one of their highlights of their career. The event will be telecast around the world showcasing the beauty of Muaythai and for the world to join in the celebration of the Kingdom. Stephan Fox especially thanked Elite Boxing and EFN qualification series who have done a tremendous job in getting the Super 4 organised.