Muaythai is set to make its debut at the European Games ©IFMA

International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA) President Sakchye Tapsuwan has said the sport's first-ever appearance at the European Games will be an "important milestone" as they prepare to debut at Kraków-Małopolska 2023.

Muaythai was named in February 2021 as one of the sports to be added to the programme for the Games in Poland.

It was a huge boost for the IFMA which was granted full recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) later that year.

Seven male and seven female divisions as well as two mixed-gender team events are due to be contested at the European Games.

The Polish town of Myślenice is set to stage muaythai competition from June 22 to 27.

IFMA director general Charissa Tynan said the European Games is
IFMA director general Charissa Tynan said the European Games is "history in the making" for muaythai ©IFMA

The IFMA said the Games will give muaythai a chance to promote the cultural disciplines of wai kru and mai muay on the big stage.

"This is another important milestone for muaythai, after receiving official recognition from the IOC," said Tapsuwan.

"It showcases the popularity of muaythai as a sport and cultural artform on all five continents."

IFMA director general Charissa Tynan added: "This is a proud moment for our European athletes from 50 nations across the continent to walk proudly in as part of the Opening Ceremony bringing pride to themselves and their nations.

"IFMA and muaythai will continue towards highest recognition and our participation at the European Games is history in the making."