Thailand, Cambodia brawl over kickboxing event name at SEA Games

Thailand will boycott a kickboxing event at the Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia in May, officials said Tuesday, in a row with the hosts over what to call the sport.

Thai officials are angry at plans by Cambodia to refer to the event — which they regard as their national sport — on the official programme as Kun Khmer instead of Muay Thai.

While the name Muay Thai may be better known around the world, Cambodian officials insist the sport originated from their Khmer culture.

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