Events with Muay Thai fights will return from June 15th
The covid-19 pandemic hit Muay Thai hard in Thailand, with tournaments and stadiums being the first to close due to the quarantine decreed in Bangkok from March 21 and that initially would last 14 days. With the increase in cases and deaths, in addition to the extension of the confinement, the curfew was decreed.
Without any income, many fighters returned to their provinces where training stopped. The fighters have thus joined millions of unemployed people because of the virus, which has devastated Thailand's tourism, entertainment and restaurant industries.
For most professional fighters in Thailand, the ring served as a way out of poverty for them and their families.
The government promised a monthly cash delivery of 5.000 baht (R $ 800) to affected workers.
But fighters without a specific license are not eligible for aid, says Jade Sirisompan of the World Muay Thai Organization.
However, the fighters will be able to return to the ring soon, as with the apparent control of the pandemic, the quarantine is expected to end in late May and the ban on stadium fights is expected to fall in mid-June.
It has even been announced by the general and specialized media that Thai boxing stadiums (Muay Thai), notably Ratchadamnoen (or Rajadamnern) and Lumpinee, are due to reopen on June 15. The news was also confirmed by one of the sport's organizers in Bangkok, Thailand's capital and most populous city.
Sumet Suesattabongkoch, a Muay Thai promoter at Ratchadamnoen Stadium, said the fights are likely to be broadcast only on TV and that the public will not be able to watch the fights inside the stadiums.
- "The good news is that there is hope for the Thai boxing industry, as it is already said that the [stadiums] will be unlocked by, at the latest, June 15th." - said Sumet.
He also expressed condolences for those who died in the coronavirus pandemic and asked the Thai government to help the Muay Thai industry that was hit hard by the new virus.
- “I would like to ask everyone in the Thai boxing industry to hold on a little longer. Everything will be fine soon. ”- added Sumet.
Dozens of coronavirus infections in Thailand were attributed to a night of fighting on March 6 at Lumpinee Stadium. The fighting took place in the army-owned facilities, despite a government-issued closure order. The crowded arena led to hundreds of contaminations, including the announcer, stadium officials, politicians and army officers.
The military later announced an investigation into the incident, but no results were published at the time of publication.
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 05 / 05 / 2020
Photo : Thai boxing became popular all over the world thanks to the films by Jean Claude Van Damme and the fighters who represented Muay Thai in MMA competitions, as well as events such as K-1. ( Credits | Courtesy : tvtoday.de | Pinterest.com | Disclosure ).
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