Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha congratulated the sports sector on Wednesday after the European Olympic Committee (EOC) listed Muay Thai as one of the competitions for the European Games 2023.
The move was confirmed by the International Federation of Muaythai Associations, which said that this was the first time Thai martial arts had been included in any official European sports competition.
Prayut said the EOC believed Muay Thai is a fast-growing sport in terms of martial arts, its practitioners and audience base. The industry has been witnessing an increase in competitors and audience each year.
Muay Thai gold medals will be up for grabs in seven men’s categories, seven women’s categories, and mixed-team competitions during the games.
The European Games are held every four years. The next, to be held in Krakow, Poland, from June 9 to 25, 2023, will see 50 European nations competing.