TEHRAN – The Secretary General of the International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA), Stephan Fox, who is also Vice President of the World Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and President of the Alliance of Recognized Independent Sports Members (AIMS) has warned that Iran’s sports ministry should not try to force muaythai to be part of a martial arts federation.
The Iranian ministry reportedly asked the muaythai association, headed by Javad Nasiri, to work under the supervision of the martial arts association.
In response to the request, Fox warned that Iran’s Sports Ministry should not interfere in the sport.
“I would like to contact you regarding the situation in Iran regarding muaythai, muaythai and IFMA is an IOC recognized organization and sport, so we find it very concerning that the ministry is trying to force muaythai to being part of a martial arts federation in which many sports are neither recognized nor WADA compliant nor signatories Fair play and IFMA zero tolerance against cheating is part of our foundation and that I am concerned that the ministry, instead of following the Olympic Charter and protecting autonomy and IFMA, is appointing another person for muaythai,” Fox wrote in a letter to Sports Minister Hamid Sajadi.
“Mr. Minister, with all due respect, we will not accept this, especially in my position as Vice President of GAISF and President of AIMS. of the day of the next Council meeting in order to be able to inform the IOC and the recognized world of sport of this situation in Iran.
“I would like to request a meeting with Mr. Javad Nasiri (who has our full support in this matter) and the ministry so that we can find a solution in accordance with the IFMA Constitution, the Olympic Charter and the protection of athletes “, he concluded.