By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
What a day in the Muaythai calendar, as practitioners of the sport around the globe paid homage to King Somdej Phra Sanpher the 8th, better known as Phra Chao Sua, or the Tiger King.
The Tiger King is renowned for his skills in martial arts, rising to the throne on February 6th, 1702.
According to President Muaythai Federation of Nigeria, Comrade Paul Egonu, the celebration is to remind practitioners of the importance of the sport to human health.
Egonu stated that the prestigious sport dates back a thousand years, when Muaythai was the ancient art of the battlefields securing the freedom of a proud country which evolved into a modern Thailand, today the land of the free.
Comrade Paul Egonu, continued that all the leaders in the sport will be reminded to lead by example and be examplary to the youth on the five pillars of the sport namely; respect, honour, tradition, fair play and excellence.
The day marked the historical inauguration of celebrations worldwide, and also by the Royal Thai Government with a festival jointly organised by the Royal Thai Government and National Culture Commission at the Ministry of Culture.
Many other international Muaythai community representatives travelled to Thailand to be part of the celebrations some of whom included the General Secretary of the Federation of Amateur Muaythai of Asia (FAMA) Mervyn Tan, the Vice President of the European Muaythai Federation (EMF) Detlef Turnau and many others.
In celebration of the IOC recognition and also the cooperation of IFMA as a member of the recognised Olympic world and the World Muaythai Council under Royal Patronage in cooperation with the Royal Thai Government a 2-day celebration was organised.