Why it must be Muay
Reason #1: A game should find its unification in the process to be accepted by all nations as a sport that can be recognized and allow to be competed in without one-sided advantages.
SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT: As all agrees, MUAY will be the official name of the game and all national associations or federations are to be unified through registering itself with the existing W.M.F. which should also change its name to be called WORLD MUAY FEDERATION instead of the name (World Muaythai Federation, see merger and unification agreement as of March 2008).
Reason #2: The word Muaythai itself is self-explanatory and originates from the professional aspect of the sport which comes from Thailand, with a must to perform at professional levels for all athletes and boxers which are competing in the events.
Adapting some of the aspects from the professional sport and game, introducing proper equipment and protections which will ensure majority acceptance by all interested in the combat aspect of the Martial Art of Muay, adapting the rules and regulations of the MUAY game as a sport as a combat ring sport for Amateur and ProAm Classes, changes which will make the sport more popular and accessible to all, in line with all of the other combat ring sports out there, reflecting a better representation of the traditional and heritage values associated with the Martial Art.
Reason #3: Even the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) had introduced and recognized Muay as being the official game and sport for Amateur Class, not Muaythai which is the Professional Level Class.
SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT: The answer is in the item above which reflects the position adopted by the OCA and also the way as the game had been introduced and presented to SEA Games, Asian Indoor Games, Asian Beach Games etc… All of the above mentioned IOC recognized events have introduced or recognized the sport of Muay for all the Amateur class events.
SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Support World Muay Federation (W.M.F.) and its efforts, programs and intention to organize MUAY Amateur Sport as a sport for all nations and people. In its efforts to better preserve and conserve the Martial Art of Muay and the Amateur Sport of Muay, the W.M.F. had formed and organized 5 Zone Federations as follows: Asian Muay Federation (A.M.F.) and its sub zone representative the South East Asian Muay Federation (SE.A.M.F.), European Muay Confederation (E.M.C.), PanAmerican Muay Confederation (PA.M.C.), Austral/Oceania Muay Federation (AO.M.F.) and SubSaharan African Muay Federation (SSAMF).
Always working together as an unification body with one single vision, so that in the end higher recognition can be achieved from International Olympic Committee (IOC) and hopefully having the game to be included for Olympic competition in the future, also working closely with UNESCO for the recognition of the Martial Art of Muay for further conservation and protection as a world heritage (included subdivisions are the Muay Boran, Muay Chayia, Muaythai, Lethwei, Pradal Serey, Tomoi, Muay Viet, Muay Laos etc..). All of this will ultimately lead to stopping any ill intended organizations, which either do not understand or they care only about the financial gains, from diverting the scope of the game from Amateur to being just a professional sport.
We at W.M.F. understand that the strength of the Sport is to be found in the number of individuals worldwide which they practice it, they compete in it and they can call themselves Muay practitioners, while prestigious events encourages the National Teams to meet and compete for the medals and glory in a safe and sports prestigious environment.
There is a long road ahead, but with the dedication, support and cooperation from the W.M.F. team we are certain that the Sport of Muay will prosper, will become more and more popular for the benefit of all people which practice it and love this Martial Art.