Fight to earn money for his poor family, 13-year-old boxer got beaten seriously and passed away
November 20 2018, 10:51 AM
Child boxing is a way that children can help provide money for their poor family.

The dea.th of a 13-year-old boy who was knocked out during a kickboxing match in Thailand has sparked debate over whether to ban matches involving children.

The Facebook page Muaythai Krobwongjorn, which covers the sport, said he passed away from a brain hemorrhage. Protective gear is normally not worn in the sport, and video circulated on social media said to be of the fight shows Anucha not wearing any.

The dea.th of a 13-year-old boy who was knocked out during a kickboxing match in Thailand has sparked debate over whether to ban matches involving children.

Child boxing is widespread in Thailand, especially in rural areas, where it offers a way for children to help provide for their families and a path to lift them out of poverty, according to its advocates. Opponents say the sport is dangerous, citing studies such as one published last month by Thailand’s Mahidol University saying that allowing children under 15 to box could result in various types of brain damage.

Protective gear is normally not worn in the sport, and video circulated on social media said to be of the fight shows Anucha not wearing any.

Thai lawmakers are considering legislation proposed last month banning children under 12 from competitive boxing. The legislation has been forwarded to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, which has already drafted a revised version, said Gen. Aduldej Intapong, a member of the National Legislative Assembly.

Muay Thai is one of the most popular sports in Thailand and its boosters oppose regulating it.

“If you don’t allow younger players to learn their way up, how can they be strong and experienced enough to fight?” he said. “We call it ‘boxing bones.’ You need to have boxing bones built from a very young age.”

“This would have a major impact on the industry,” Sukrit Parekrithawet, a lawyer who represents several boxing training camps, said of the proposed legislation. “Those who drafted the law do not know anything about the sport of Thai boxing, and this would make Muay Thai become extinct.”

“If you don’t allow younger players to learn their way up, how can they be strong and experienced enough to fight?” he said. “We call it ‘boxing bones.’ You need to have boxing bones built from a very young age.”

Sukrit said the de.ath of the 13-year-old, who fought under the name Petchmongkol S. Wilaitong, was a one-off incident and the result of a poorly organized event.

“This has never happened before and it’s unprecedented,” he said. “There are several factors involved which have nothing to do with age. The referee wasn’t quick enough to stop the fight and the venue didn’t have a doctor on standby, which shouldn’t happen.”

His family received the boy’s body on Tuesday for religious rites at Wat Mai Bang Plakod in Phra Samut Chedi. They were not intending to take legal action against the organisers of the event, because their son passed away while participating in a sport.

Source: Kenh14

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