March 11, 2015 by Melissa Ray
When the announcement was made that this year’s World Muaythai Federation (WMF) amateur championships would be held at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, it created a stir on social media. While the tournament has categories for both sexes, the stadium is famous for forbidding women from competing in—and even touching—the ring, with signs ringside displaying: “LADIES PLEASE DON’T TOUCH THE STAGE”.
Was history about to be made and women finally allowed to compete in the arena?
Or would the organisers erect a second ring inside the stadium to accommodate the female competitors?
“A ring in the car park,” was jokingly suggested by some.