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Minsk to host 2017 Muay Thai World Championships

More than 700 participants from 100 countries will take part in the Muay Thai world championships, which will be held in Minsk on 3-12 May. General secretary of the International Federation of Muay Thai (IFMA) Stephan Fox stressed that Belarus is developing sport at all levels, from schools to universities.

In addition, despite the small number population, over the last 20 years, Belarusian athletes never dropped below fifth place in the world Muay Thai competitions.

The International Federation of Muay Thai wants to hold master classes for young athletes, organize a meeting of eminent men with students and pupils, as well as hold various competitions for the fans during the worlds.

In turn, Minister of Sports and Tourism of Belarus Alexander Shamko said: "We are working hard to conduct such an important tournament. The have already thought out the marketing component, these competitions will be repaid in full.”

“Belarus is one of the leading countries in Thai boxing. The Belarusian team will have the strongest masters of Muay Thai. The backbone will be Andrei Kulebin, Maria and Dmitry Valent, Elena Leshkevich and Vitaly Gurkov. They will put up a decent fight against their rivals, no doubt. In addition to the sporting events, we have planned workshops, cultural and recreational activities.”

Andrei Gerasimchuk