Taiwanese woman kicks her way to bronze at Youth Muay Thai World championship

Four Pingtung Senior High School athletes are representing Taiwan in this competition, three men and one woman

(By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) --- A  female Taiwanese athlete has taken the bronze at the 2017 Youth Muay Thai World championship, which is taking place in Bangkok, Thailand from Aug 3-11.   

Three male and one female from Pingtung Senior High School are representing Taiwan in the competition,

Yeh Fei (葉菲) took the bronze medal in the age 12-13 women's 48 kg category. After four fierce bouts with highly competitive Thai opponents, Yeh finished in third place and was awarded the bronze medal.

The event is held at Thailand National Stadium and is organized by Amateur Muay thai Association of Thailand, in cooperation with the Royal Thai Government through the Department of Physical Education.

The competition includes male and female athletes ranging from 10 to 17 years of age. All competitors wear protective equipment and they are strictly separated by age and weight.

According to Coach Yeh Jun (葉俊), more Taiwanese athletes will begin to practice Muay Thai, in Taiwan, even though it is not very popular, many countries have been implementing the sport for more than 10 years. In Thailand, it is one of the key sports, and this time the students will look at the world's standards, increase their experience and this will inspire them to work hard in the future.  

A total of 80 countries are participating in this year's championship.

Besides the Muay Thai matches in the ring, the program includes the Youth Wai Kru World Championships and the Youth Muay-Aerobic World Championships.