In Patras at the World Muay Thai Palestine and Israel! – 2024-04-13 03:26:51

In Patras, the World Muay Thai Championship will be held from May 31 to June 10, and as announced yesterday at the meeting, held under the auspices of the Municipality of Patras, in the presence of the president of the Hellenic Federation of the sport, Yannis Papadopoulos and deputy mayor for Sports, Takis Petropoulos, they will participate more than 60 countries. Watch out, among the countries that have declared participation are Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Israel and Palestine!

As Mr. Papadopoulos pointed out during the meeting, Palestine has expressed an interest in being represented at the Patras World Championship and he underlined that according to the information he has, athletes from Israel, Russia, and Belarus are going to take part and Ukraine!

If this happens, it will be the first time while the war is raging in the Gaza Strip and Donbas that they will be in an international event of such a level, such as the World Muay Thai Championship that will be hosted in “Tofalos”, sportsmen and women from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Israel and Palestine.

It’s just that athletes from Russia and Belarus in all events compete as neutrals without flags, emblems or national anthems under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee and under this regime they will compete in Patras.

You understand that this fact in itself has created concern. In fact, the officer of the Police Directorate, Achaia, Paraskevas Masouras, who participated in yesterday’s meeting about the World Championship, was constantly taking notes and asking for more details about the event.

It is now a given that the security measures are already a concern and as we get closer to the days of the games, when the entries will be completed and it will be finalized which and how many countries will finally come to Patras, there will be a clearer picture of what exactly will apply.

And one more important parameter. The World Cup of Patras will end on June 10, while the European elections are scheduled for June 9, with what this may mean for the Police forces that will be involved both in the pre-election process and in the matches.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN GREECE

The World Muay Thai Championship will be organized for the first time in Greece and the native champion, Dimos Asimakopoulos from the Eumachos club, will participate, who has high hopes of chasing a great distinction.

In fact, our National team will be in Patras with a large delegation as guests of the Municipality and will prepare for the World Championship from May 20 until the start of the games.

As the president of the Hellenic Muay Thai Federation, Yannis Papadopoulos, said, more than 60 countries from all over the world will participate in the games and it is estimated that the sportsmen and women who will take part will approach 1,000!

It is a very great combat sports event, which has its own friends and is liked by a lot of people. At the same time, in addition to the competitive part, which is of great interest anyway at the World Cup, the arrival and hosting of 1,000 people for 10 days will represent in Patras an important injection into the city’s economy.

THEY ARE WAITING FOR THE IOC FOR PARIS

The World Muay Thai Federation is waiting for the IOC to find out if it will be included in the program of the Paris Olympics as a demonstration sport.

According to information, this may happen with an official announcement on June 8 in Ancient Olympia, as then the World Muay Thai conference will take place with the participation of top officials of the sport and the International Olympic Committee.

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