Naga boxer to represent India in World C’ship

Naga boxer to represent India in World C’ship
Hemavi Ayemi
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/19/2019 12:01:15 PM IST

Three-time national gold medallist, Hemavi Ayemi from Nagaland, has been selected to represent Indian Muaythai team in the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) senior World Muaythai Championship 2019 to be held in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Hemavi under the banner of All Nagaland Amateur Muaythai Association (ANAMA) has been selected by United Amateur Muaythai Associaiton (UAMA) India to represent the country in the World Championship to be held from July 20 to 30. 

Hemavi, son of Hesheto Ayemi and Meni Boro, won the gold medals at National Muaythai Championships held in Guwahati in 2017, Shillong and Pune also in 2017. 

On his selection, Hemavi thanked God for guiding him throughout his career. He also thanked ANAMA for giving him the opportunity and platform to perform. 

Talking about his experience at the international event, Hemavi exclaimed that he was excited to grab the opportunity. 

Hemavi, who started his martial arts at a young age, had also participated in various mix martial arts championships including Yoddha Fighting Championship. 

In 2017, he was also selected for the World Muaythai Championship in Mexico, but could not participate due to passport and financial issues. 

However, this time, with the support from ANAMA, he will be participating in the championship. He also encouraged the interested youngsters to take up sports, saying that many opportunities are coming up for those who take it seriously. 

He further said “Certificates can be bought by money, but talents cannot be bought”. With this motive and despite of the hardship he faced, Hemavi did not give up instead tried harder to face the challenges. He also trained himself without any coach and as a run for the world championship he had further intensified his training. 

Hemavi is currently the head coach of “Strike Fit Academy” in Badumpukhuri.

Meanwhile, ANAMA has congratulated Hemavi Ayemi on his selection for the World Championship and wished him good luck. 

Meanwhile, All Nagaland Amateur Muaythai Association (ANAMA) has informed that Muaythai, under the banner of International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) has been recognized by International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and included in 2020 Asian Bach Games in Santa, China.

Muaythai has also been included in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Game to be held in 2021. Since it has been recognized by the IOC, ANAMA was hopeful that Muaythai might be included in the 2024 Olympics, which could open doors for the Naga youths.

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