A recent press release showed how China has become a powerhouse in Muaythai in recent years. Beijing was the host of the first World Combat Games, under patronage of the IOC, and Muaythai was one of the outstanding sports represented at the games. The Chinese government and Olympic Committee is working very closely together with the World Muaythai Council to promote Muaythai in a special 2-day event. The event is scheduled for May 1st and 2nd to celebrate 40 years of relationship between the People’s Republic of China and the Kingdom of Thailand.

Muaythai superstars like Buakaw will represent Thailand and fighters from around the world are invited to compete in this major event. General Chetta Thanajaro, President of the WMC said that Xiamen, China is an important cultural hub. The Sino-Thai relationships are important, and for the last 10 years, these events have grown and this year will be a special occasion for two reasons: the WMC has gotten the honour of Royal Patronage to represent Muaythai and 40 years of good diplomatic relationships will be celebrated.