Press ReleasesGermany and Thailand: History is Always making
This year, 2012, is a historical one for many reasons. We have just witnessed the amazing Olympic Games in London; Muaythai has launched its application to become IOC recognized; and this year also marks 150 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Thailand. As part of the celebrations of this prestigious occasion, a cultural exchange will take place between the two countries, including a “Thailand VS Germany” muaythai event in Germany on September 15th. Sanctioned by the world governing body for muaythai, the World Muaythai Council (WMC), Thailand VS Germany is part of Elite Boxing’s Thailand VS Challenger Series. The event is organized by Elite Boxing Germany in cooperation with the official German Muaythai member federation, Muaythai Bund Deutschland (MTBD).
A press conference was held inside the German Embassy at the beautiful residence of the German Ambassador, HE Mr. Rolf Schulze. Toli Makris was on hand to represent event organisers, Elite Boxing, representing the WMC and the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) was HE General Pichtir Kullavanijaya, Privy Councillor to HM the King of Thailand; Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan, President of IFMA and General Secretary of the WMC; and Mr. Stephan Fox, Vice President of the WMC. Mr. Makris and Mr. Fox were both born in Germany and have experienced both cultures intensively through their muaythai backgrounds.
HE Mr. Rolf Schulze made a moving speech about Thai-German relations and described how fascinated he is by the beauty of muaythai, as the sport and martial art truly have become international. He promised his support for many muaythai activities in the near future.
HE General Pichitr Kullavanijaya delivered a detailed speech on the history of muaythai, and why it is so important to Thai people. He also explained the history of how Germany and Thailand first became close friends: In Thai history King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) spent a long period visiting Germany and several of his sons were also educated there. In turn, under King Rama V’s reign, many German experts were invited to Thailand to support the modernization of the country.
Dr. Tapsuwan thanked the Ambassador and German government for their support. He reminded everyone that Germany is one of the founding members of the WMC and that the sport has grown steadily in popularity there. He also stated that he knew the sport is recognized in many of Germany’s states and he very much hopes that soon muaythai in Germany, as in many other countries, will be fully government recognized.
Mr. Fox, as a former Muaythai champion, talked about the similarities of Muaythai and his German upbringing, wherein the values of discipline, honor, respect and fair play gave him a solid framework for life. Due to both his remaining ties there and his current position as a sports administrator internationally, he is happy to see how the sport has grown in Germany and that German athletes have become household names in the sport.
Mr. Makris spoke of his delight at having created such an internationally recognized brand as TVC and how pleased he was that it has been able to play a role in celebrating Thai and German relations. He said it was especially important and an honor to him personally, not only because of all the hard work his company has put into developing the TVC brand, but also because he was born in Germany but has now lived in Thailand for a number of years.
The WMC also thanked the Foreign Ministry of Thailand for their support. Finally, Dr. Tapsuwan, on behalf of HE General Pichitr Kullavanijaya, presented the German Ambassador with an honorary mongkon, making him an official member of the world Muaythai community.
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