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A Look At The Controversial World of Thai Child Kickboxing

Other Sports | Associated Press | November 24, 2018, 9:35 am
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 In the ring, the two boxers spar furiously with blows delivered by fists, elbows, knees and feet to virtually any part of the opponent's body. Those in the crowd furiously make wagers with each other as the battle rages. (Image: Reuters)

In the ring, the two boxers spar furiously with blows delivered by fists, elbows, knees and feet to virtually any part of the opponent's body. Those in the crowd furiously make wagers with each other as the battle rages. (Image: Reuters)

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 The Muay Thai — or Thai kickboxing — competitors are as young as 8 years old. Thai lawmakers recently suggested barring children younger than 12 from competitive boxing, but boxing enthusiasts strongly oppose the change. They say the sport is part of Thai culture and gives poor families the opportunity to raise a champion that will lift their economic circumstances. (Image: Reuters)

The Muay Thai — or Thai kickboxing — competitors are as young as 8 years old. Thai lawmakers recently suggested barring children younger than 12 from competitive boxing, but boxing enthusiasts strongly oppose the change. They say the sport is part of Thai culture and gives poor families the opportunity to raise a champion that will lift their economic circumstances. (Image: Reuters)

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 But the tragic death of 13-year-old Anucha Tasako after being knocked out in a match has brought into focus whether youngsters should be taking and giving such brutal punishment in the name of sports. (Image: Reuters)

But the tragic death of 13-year-old Anucha Tasako after being knocked out in a match has brought into focus whether youngsters should be taking and giving such brutal punishment in the name of sports. (Image: Reuters)

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 Anucha, who fought an incredible 174 bouts in a career that started at age 8, died of a brain haemorrhage two days after the fight. (Image: Reuters)

Anucha, who fought an incredible 174 bouts in a career that started at age 8, died of a brain haemorrhage two days after the fight. (Image: Reuters)

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 Hardcore Muay Thai fans say his death was a fluke. They say that the referee did not stop the fight soon enough and that a doctor was not on hand, flouting the usual procedures. (Image: Reuters)

Hardcore Muay Thai fans say his death was a fluke. They say that the referee did not stop the fight soon enough and that a doctor was not on hand, flouting the usual procedures. (Image: Reuters)

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 But even before Anucha's death, moves were afoot to regulate the sport. Thai lawmakers recently tabled legislation to bar children under 12 from competitive boxing. (Image: Reuters)

But even before Anucha's death, moves were afoot to regulate the sport. Thai lawmakers recently tabled legislation to bar children under 12 from competitive boxing. (Image: Reuters)

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 A five-year study by Dr Witaya Sungkarat of Bangkok's Ramathibodi Hospital was published that compared brain development between young boxers and children not involved with the sport. (Image: Reuters)

A five-year study by Dr Witaya Sungkarat of Bangkok's Ramathibodi Hospital was published that compared brain development between young boxers and children not involved with the sport. (Image: Reuters)

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 Beginning to fight at a tender age puts the youngsters on the path to a successful professional career, with the opportunity to lift their poor families up the ladder of economic success, says the supporters. (Image: Reuters)

Beginning to fight at a tender age puts the youngsters on the path to a successful professional career, with the opportunity to lift their poor families up the ladder of economic success, says the supporters. (Image: Reuters)

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 Thai kickboxer Chaichana Saengngern, 10-years old, practices at a training camp in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

Thai kickboxer Chaichana Saengngern, 10-years old, practices at a training camp in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 Thai kickboxer Chaichana Saengngern, 10 years old, rests after practice on the mat at a training camp in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

Thai kickboxer Chaichana Saengngern, 10 years old, rests after practice on the mat at a training camp in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 Thai kickboxer Chaichana Saengngern, right, 10- years old, does push-ups at in the ring at a training camp in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

Thai kickboxer Chaichana Saengngern, right, 10- years old, does push-ups at in the ring at a training camp in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 Thai kickboxer boxer Chaichana Saengngern, 10-years old, stand on the ring after of practices at a training camp in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

Thai kickboxer boxer Chaichana Saengngern, 10-years old, stand on the ring after of practices at a training camp in Bangkok, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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