Connect with us


Phuket ready to host 16th World Pencak Silat Championship

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: Phuket will host the 16th World Pencak Silat Championship next year, touted to be the biggest gathering of martial arts competitors ever held in the sport, with more than 600 athletes from 47 countries.

“Thailand has hosted many international sporting events in the past with great success. We expect this to be the biggest gathering of athletes yet for the championship,” said Panu Uthairat, president of Pencak Silat Association of Thailand (PSAT).

“We want to ensure that athletes, guests and spectators leave with great memories of their time in Phuket.”

Eddie Mardjoeki Nalapraya, adviser and former president of the International Pencak Silat Federation (PERSILAT), said he was confident Phuket was well prepared to host the competition.

“Phuket has good roads and good transport as well as plenty of comfortable hotels – not to mention some beautiful places to visit and enjoy,” he said.

“I believe Phuket is ready to make this a great competition.”

Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong, who attended a press conference held in Queen Sirikit Park to announce the event, said the island was happy to welcome all those taking part.

“Phuket is ready for this competition. We will do our best to make everyone joining the event feel happy and at home during their stay,” he said.

Pencak Silat world champion Abdulloh Malee and two gold medal winners from the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar, Nantachai Khansakorn and Rewadee Damsri, were on hand to demonstrate some of the traditional Indonesian martial art’s fighting techniques.

The 16th World Pencak Silat Championship will be held from January 7-17 in Phuket Town’s 4,000-seat indoor gymnasium, located in Saphan Hin.


Want more from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Phuket. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Myanmar4 hours ago

Burmese military media outlets say ethnic army killed 25 workers

Thailand6 hours ago

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says drug suppression should to be a national priority

Thailand7 hours ago

Purchases of fancy street lamps being investigated for possible corruption

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Sponsored by image

Thailand8 hours ago

Thailand News Today | BKK parks re-open… nearly, tropical storm, airport security upgrade | June 14

Thailand8 hours ago

Missing fisherman’s body found in sea off Nakhon Si Thammarat

Coronavirus (Covid-19)8 hours ago

CCSA: We’re out of vaccines

Coronavirus (Covid-19)9 hours ago

Ayutthaya hospital to test all staff for Covid after 18 test positive

Thailand9 hours ago

13 teenagers arrested in Chon Buri for partying, gathering

Crime9 hours ago

Crime Suppression Division seizes dozens of illegal firearms in a series of raids

Crime10 hours ago

Marijuana valued at 10 million baht seized in Nakhon Phanom, 2 arrested

Coronavirus (Covid-19)11 hours ago

Monday Covid Update: 3,355 new cases, provincial totals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)11 hours ago

Almost 100% of teachers and staff vaccinated in Bangkok

Thailand12 hours ago

Almost 8 million register for stimulus scheme, app briefly goes down

Best of12 hours ago

Top 5 best temples in Bangkok

Thailand12 hours ago

Good Morning Thailand | What’s happening in Pattaya, Phuket sandbox, reopening for tourism

Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism3 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8