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Thailand, Cambodia brawl over kickboxing

Thailand to boycott event at SEA Games as hosts insist on calling it ‘Kun Khmer’

Fighters work out at the Tiger Muay Thai gym and training camp in Phuket. (Photo: Tiger Muay Thai)

Thailand will boycott a kickboxing event at the upcoming Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia, officials confirmed on Tuesday, in a bitter row with the hosts over what to call the sport: Muay Thai or Kun Khmer.

Thai officials are angry at plans by Cambodia to refer to the event — which they regard as their national sport — on the official programme as Kun Khmer instead of Muay Thai.

While the name Muay Thai may be better known around the world, Cambodian officials insist the sport originated from their Khmer culture.

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