The Review: TEAM MUAY THAI-USA....
|Team Muay Thai-USA "who represented the United States of America in the Prince's Cup of Thailand International Championships, who fought against Thai, British, French, Uzbekistan and Russian fighters, were seen by 57 million viewers, 7 Thai National news papers,4 National TV stations, and 5 radio stations in Thailand. The U. S. team traveled 18'000 miles, fought 4 days of non-stop grueling bouts to win our first gold and two bronze medals. The U. S. Team paid for themselves to represent our nation."|
The 'Prince's Cup' Of Thailand
World Amateur Championships Uttarradit, Thailand.
The USMTA's "Team Muay Thai-USA" had a tough but fabulous time in the 1996 International Amateur Muay Thai Championships, sponsored by the Amateur Muay Thai Association Thailand, bringing home one gold and two bronze medals out of the five man team. Contrary to some, the AMTJRA are the official representatives for Amateur Muay Thai in Thailand, and are registered under the Sports Authority of Thailand.
They are also members of the IFMA , 'International Federation of Muay Associations' , and the WMTC, ' World Muay Thai Council'. The Prince's Cup of Thailand is one of four events sponsored by Thailand, but only two are designed for international competition. First is the prestigious Kings Cup of Thailand, under the patronage of HRH King Bhomibol Adulyadej, who celebrated his 50th anniversary on the throne of Thailand, and became the longest reigning monarch this century. The second is the Prince's Cup of Thailand, named in honor of HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. There are also the Queens Cup of Thailand, in honor of HRH Queen Sirikit and the Princess's Cup of Thailand in honor of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, which are for Thailand only.
(Kurt also received a foot injury but continued on to win the Gold medal). His Gold placing fight was the last match of the event, with everyone glued to their seats as he took on the best of the Russian Heavy weights. forced him to withdraw from going for the bronze finals). And Kurt Podany, the first U. S. (Gold finalist), ever to receive a medal at an international event for Muay Thai, became an American role model and an American icon for the sport. The Russian fighter Dimitri Melnikov from the City of Chelyabinsk, lasted until the last round when the Russian coach threw the towel in after Dimitri received a pounding from Kurt that left the Russian hanging on the ropes. The U. S. team gained the admiration of the Thai's for their display of respect and courtesy and received the adulation from members of the audience when ever they entered the ring.
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