Kazakhstan citizens had an opportunity to learn more about the ancient Thai martial arts as Astana hosted Muay Thai tournament dedicated to the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Kazakhstan. The tournament was opened by Thai fighters’ demonstration performances who arrived in Kazakhstan specifically for this match.

 

CHAISIRI ANAMARN, ADVISOR TO THAILAND’S FOREIGN MINISTER:

 - This is in coordination with the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Kazakhstan. We are bringing Thai culture and martial arts Muay Thai to Kazakhstan.

 

14 boxers in different weight categories from Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and Thailand competed for the title of the winner. According to the head coach of the Muay Thai Federation in Kazakhstan, this type of martial arts is becoming popular in Kazakhstan, and more and more Kazakh athletes are winning international Muay Thai competitions.

 

KAIRAT TELEUBAYEV, COACH, KAZAKHSTAN’S MUAY THAI TEAM:

 - We returned from the World Championship two weeks ago, which was held in Minsk in Belarus. The young team members were around 19 years old; our team won two gold medals, one silver, and three bronzes.

 

Kazakh boxer Yelaman Sayassatov won a convincing victory over the Thai rival at the tournament in Astana. Muay Thai was recognized by the International Olympic Committee last year. Negotiations on the inclusion of Thai boxing in the Olympic Games are ongoing.

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