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Thailand declares MMA illegal

The land of cockfighting bans the human variation:

“It is brutal and it is not boxing,” said SAT deputy governor Sakol Wannapong who oversees professional sports. “It is against the 1999 boxing law.”

SAT officials met this week to discuss whether holding an MMA event was lawful or not following a request from a private company and they finally agreed that under the 1999 boxing law, it is unlawful to stage an MMA event in Thailand.

“Organising a MMA event here would hurt the image of Muay Thai,” Sakol said.

There have been two MMA events held in Bangkok and neither were approved by the SAT, according to Sakol. He said the SAT was asking the Interior Ministry’s legal advisors to consider action against any MMA organisers.

“If you want to do this kind of business, you should do it in another country,” Sakol said. “Organising MMA here could mislead the public into believing that Muay Thai is brutal.”

Rumor is the Muay Thai industry in Thailand was the driving force behind the government’s decision to ban MMA – probably out of fear that the sport could become competition. Isn’t it great to know that special interests are subverting freedom in other countries too?

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Who would think Thais were such punk-ass cowards?

    But its probably the gambling kingpins who don’t want MMA taking customers away from their carefully constructed game.

  • YoungDonDraper

    I like your last line, clever. It’s interesting that many people would read this story, think to themselves “Thailand is so corrupt, I can’t believe their Muay Thai industry could make their government do something like that.” If you brought up a case of that happening on a larger scale in the US, they’ll call you a tin foil hat freak and hit you with their flag sticker covered truck.

  • Letibleu

    i think its a mob of 12 year old boys that rose up and said ENOUGH

  • Nepal

    It’s all politics and corruption. If the right palms were greased, MMA would continue.

    99% of Thai politicians could care less about the populace. It’s all about backhanders.

    If they really cared about their people, they would do something about child prostitution, child labor, education, the drug problem, the Muslim issues etc etc.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    If you brought up a case of that happening on a larger scale in the US, they’ll call you a tin foil hat freak and hit you with their flag sticker covered truck.

    Familiar with the Culinary Union? :)

  • drunkenjunk

    lol, nice one DJ.

  • Letibleu

    Familiar with the Culinary Union? :)

     

    good one!!!

  • agentsmith

    99% of Thai politicians could care less about the populace. It’s all about backhanders.

    Fixed it for you.

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