Cambodia, Thailand spar over ‘Muay Thai’ or ‘Kun Khmer’

Thailand and Cambodia are at loggerheads over whether the inspiration for modern kickboxing should be called Muay Thai or Kun Khmer.

As the name suggests, Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand. But Cambodia has maintained that the sport traces its origins to the country’s own martial art, Kun Khmer.

As the host of this year’s Southeast Asian Games, scheduled to take place in May, Cambodia changed the name of the Muay Thai event to Kun Khmer.

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