Assam: First ever ‘Muay Thai’ fights held in Jorhat district
GUWAHATI, September 1: In Assam's Jorhat district, the first ever professional martial arts championship titled 'Contender India titled Muay Thai Professional Fight' was conducted at CKB Commerce College Indoor stadium.
During the six-day-long event, around 130 fighters from eight different states of India took part, competing under four different categories.
'All Assam Amateur Muay Thai Association' under the aegis of 'All India Amateur Muay Thai Federation,' Imphal of Manipur organised the event.
Speaking to mediapersons, president of Contender India Rakeesh Meetei said, "With this tournament, we aimed to produce professional players to compete at the International platform. We are planning to conduct this tournament every year and make sure that the country will qualify at the international level championship too."
It also aims to make martial arts a professional event in India like any other games which have become professional events in India in recent times.
A fighter, who hailed from Manipur, said, "I am happy to be part of this competition and it is my first time to participate such event. Either I win or lose, I firmly believed that I will learn something from here and help me to improve my skills in martial arts."
Muay Thai or Thai boxing is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking, along with various clinching techniques and punches.
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