Bahrain has hosted a pivotal meeting regarding the development of combat sports in Asia and beyond.
KHK Sports CEO Mohammed Shahid met officials from the UAE Muay Thai and Kickboxing Federation in the presence of Bahrain Kickboxing Federation president Ahmed Al Wazzan and they discussed ways of developing all combat sports in the region.
The UAE Muay Thai and Kickboxing Federation has been formed under the patronage of UAE deputy prime minister Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, while KHK Sports is an organisation that represents the vision of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports first deputy chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and his collective efforts towards the development of all sports, including mixed martial arts and other combat sports.
Attending the meeting on behalf of UAE was the federation’s vice-chairman Yasser Salem Al Saadi. He was joined by Tareq Al Mheiri, board member and executive director of the federation as well as a member of the executive board at IFMA (International Federation of Muaythai Associations), Activities Department head Fahad Khalfan Al Abduoli and board member Farah Salem Saeed.
“It was a very productive meeting as we look to strengthen the development of combat sports across the Arab world, Asia, and beyond,” said Shahid.
Al Wazzan received an open invitation from the federation to send a Bahrain team to the next tournaments on the organisation’s calendar.
The UAE federation will host the Muay-Thay Open Championship in Yas Island from Setptember 5 to 7 and the Asian Muay Thai Championships will also take place in the UAE, from December 16 to 22. The Bahrain federation was invited to send a team to both tournaments, marking the start of another long and prosperous collaboration between the two countries.