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Thailand’s Muay Thai issues warning to Khun Khmer

According to the host Cambodia’s Kun Khmer International Federation, six Asean nations have confirmed their participation in the contentious kickboxing competition at the 2023 SEA Games in May. (KKIF)

The SEA Games Kun Khmer, which are being boycotted by Thailand and other Asean nations, will feature competition from Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Vietnam, according to a statement from the KKIF on Facebook on Sunday.

Later, Malaysia will send a list of competitors [for the Kun Khmer tournament].

All seven of the nations, according to KKIF, are members of its federation and are not concerned about threats relating to their involvement.

The International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA) has threatened to bar any IFMA member nations that send kickboxing competitors to the Olympics for a two-year period.

At the SEA Games this year, Kun Khmer was substituted by Muay Thai, which sparked the uproar.

According to the IFMA, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Singapore are six of its members who will not compete in the SEA Games Kun Khmer.

It was also stated that non-member nations were welcome to send their kickboxing competitors.

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