Myanmar’s combat sport of lethwei is set to gain a wider audience overseas beginning later this year says the local promoter of the sport.
Myanmar Lat Kha Maung Co, the company behind the World Lethwei Championship (WLC) events, has announced that lethwei tournaments are set be held in more countries, including, several outside Southeast Asia, beginning later this year.
This will be the first time that lethwei bouts will be held in countries outside of Southeast Asia in the WLC’s three-year history.
WLC says it is planning to hold tournaments in the United States, Japan, Thailand and Cambodia.
"After our historic success in 2019, WLC has successfully made Myanmar lethwei one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. We will continue to work hard to become even more famous in the coming years," said U Zay Thiha, chair of the WLC organisation.
U Zay Thiha says WLC will hold nine events between August this year and 2021 in the four countries and also Myanmar.
Three tournaments are scheduled for this year, in Yangon on August 7, Phnom Penh, Cambodia on September 18, and Mandalay, Myanmar on November 27.
Next year, WLC will hold six tournaments in six cities in four countries: in Bangkok, Thailand on January 8, Yangon on March 12, Hpa-an, Myanmar on May 1, Japan on August 6, a yet-to be-determined city in the US on November 5, and Mandalay, Myanmar on December 5.
The WLC had postponed the Khmer Kingdom WLC tournament in Phnom Penh on April 3 due to Covid19 pandemic.