July 19, 2024

■  Harley F. Palangchao 

Cordilleran Muay Thai athletes Islay Erika Bomogao and Ariel Lee Lampacan have contributed to the four gold, five silver, and one bronze medal haul for the Philippines in the 2024 IFMA Senior World Championships in Athens, Greece.

The tournament held May 31 to June 10 has attracted more than 1,500 elite fighters from more than 100 countries worldwide.

CORDILLERAN-LED SQUAD — Under the watch of Cordilleran national coaches Billy Alumno and Edzel Ngina, members of the national Muay Thai team, including Ariel Lee Lampacan and Islay Erika Bomogao, won four gold, five silver, and one bronze medal in the 2024 IFMA Senior World Championships in Athens, Greece on May 31 to June 10. — Contributed photo

The former world champion Lampacan won hold in the wai kru event while Bomogao settled for silver in the women’s elite category of the same event.

The other Filipino silver medalists in the same event were Alyssa Kylie Mallari and LJ Rafael Yasay, both in the under 23 age group.

The lone gold medalist in the combat event was Yasay while Bomogao won the lone bronze medal in the same event under the elite 45-kilogram.

Yasay also teamed up with Kin Ryan Asense to win the gold in the mai muay event while the pair of Mallari and Rhichein Yosore also won the second gold in the event held in the birth of the Olympics.

Lampacan also paired with Noel Alabata for a silver medal in mai muay, as the duo of Bomogao and Rudzma Abubakar also delivered a silver for the country, which was among the nations with the least number of contingents.

The national squad was accompanied by national head coach Billy Alumno and assistant coach Edzel Ngina, both Cordillerans.

The opening rites was well attended by dignitaries in Muay Thai and ranking officials such as His Excellency, the Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand Satthana Kashemsanta Na Ayudhya, and members of the National Olympic Committee and Sports Ministry.