Security beefed up for NZ Muay Thai fighters in Bangkok

By Aroha Treacher
Image sourced from Ashleigh Ahipene's Facebook Page

More than 30 New Zealand Muay Thai fighters, both senior and junior are competing at Thailand’s biggest sporting event, which has around 3000 competitors from all over the world participating.

Fighter Ashleigh Ahipene, speaking from the Thai capital says it was “pretty scary” when the bomb went off, just a short distance from the National Stadium where they are holding the tournament.

“We were all pretty sad we all did a group karakia to send all our prayers and thoughts to all the families who had passed away.”

Ahipene says it was too close to home, knowing that the bomb had injured more than 100 people.

“Today the stadium is getting a full sweep, the bomb squad will go through the stadium an hour before we arrive to ensure all the fighters are safe.”

Security will be tightened with a strong police and army presence there. They have been advised to stay indoors, to stay away from tourists hot spots and all their regular travel routes have been changed.