Thailand and Cambodia argue over origin of Muay Thai kickboxing

A row has sparked between Thailand and Cambodia over the origin of Muay Thai. As a outcome, Thailand has withdrawn from the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games).
Cambodia, the host country of the 2023 SEA Games, changed the name of the kickboxing competitors from Muay Thai to Kun Khmer and stated that the origin of Muay Thai is Cambodian.
The results of Cambodia’s change has led to a ban from the International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA).
Cambodia announced on Saturday, January 21 that the upcoming SEA Games on May 5 to 17 would come with 37 sports, and that the kickboxing competition will be modified to Kun Khmer.
Cambodia insists that Kun Khmer, or Bokator, is the county’s traditional martial artwork and the origin of Muay Thai. They added they are altering the title to celebrate the country’s heritage but keep the entire original rules.
The IFMA objected to the change. IFMA President Sakchai Thapsuwan mentioned that the rules of the SEA Games state clearly that the kickboxing sport have to be named Muay Thai.
Sakchai acknowledged that the federation has sent letters to the eleven member nations to ban the game. Any nation that participates in Kun Khmer would be banned from joining the World Games, Asian Indoor Games, Asian Martial Arts Games, and World Boxing Championship.
The Muay Thai athletes from Thailand have withdrawn from the competitors in protest.
The concern is a scorching subject on Thai and Cambodian social media. Netizens from each countries mentioned and gathered proof to prove the origin of kickboxing.
A picture of Kun Khmer or Bogato fighters was circulated on Thai and Cambodian social media.
Cheap claimed that the 2 folks in the image are Cambodian Kun Khmer fighters. However, the person within the image stepped ahead and revealed that he, and the person in the snap, are 100%, Thai residents. The picture was additionally taken in Thailand, within the Isaan province of Surin.
The secretary of the Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC), Vath Chamroeun, advised the Cambodian news company, Post Khmer, that Cambodia would use the title Kun Khmer even when Thailand was not pleased with it.
The secretary stated that six member countries, together with Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, and Malaysia, ignored the ban and confirmed they’ll take part within the game under its new title.
Vath added that Cambodia will not be part of any Muay Thai competitions when Thailand hosts the SEA Games in 2025. Vath said…
“If Cambodia isn’t allowed to make use of the name of the country’s martial arts within the SEA Games, Thailand shouldn’t be allowed to make use of it either.”

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