Scandal at TV Channel 7 – Bangkok
The news highlighting today’s press in Thailand is the resignation of Mr.Yongsak N.Songkhla, technical director of Channel 7 referee team.
Mr. Songkhla presented official letter of resignation following the suspension of 2 officials accused of ‘not paying attention in the scoring’ during one particular bout during last sunday’s broadcast, stating he took the decision to support the 2 colleagues that in his opinion got punished without substantial reasons.
This is quite an exceptional event, and shows on more time the enourmous amount of pressure muay thai judges/referees have to cope with: we remember that not long ago one official working the same position of Mr. Songkhla at Lumpinee got seriously harmed during an ambush at the stadium’s gate, that left a security guard shot dead.
Many important names from muay thai world are now pointing at the spreading corruption caused by the gambling , even mentioning the era ruled with iron fist by Klaew Thanikul as a better and cleaner time.
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Emmanuele Corti: he started to practice muay thai at a young age in Trieste (Italy), beginning to fight almost immediately in prestigious gala along with top Thai fighters and rising stars like the Petrosyan brothers. After a period of work experience leading him abroad, he eventually settled in Thailand in late 2011 crowning the dream of his life, which is to open a muay thai camp. From that year he has been actively following the preparation of his camp's fighters and has often collaborated with the Muay Farang team, continuing to fight actively for the major promotions of the Asian continent.