Ep. 149 - The Dark Side of Semi-Contact Events: A Call for Safety and Regulation

Puu Muay Thai Podcast

Feb 2 2024 • 27 mins

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In Episode 149 of the Pu'u Muay Thai Podcast, we delve into the stark reality of the dangers lurking behind 'semi-contact' Muay Thai events. While these events can often be profitable, the lack of proper regulation has led to several unfortunate incidents—some, truly tragic.

The episode discusses, most notably, the heartbreaking incident involving Lei Zhenhuan in BC, Canada. Known for his passion and dedication, Lei was left brain dead after participating in his first-ever 'semi-contact' event. As we discuss this tragic happening, we aim to shed light on the fatal consequences of improper safety protocols in the sport we all hold dear.

By delving into the pressing issue, we aim to promote awareness about the loopholes that exist within 'semi-contact' events and their severe implications. Our discussion reiterates the need for stricter regulation, keeping athletes' safety a priority over profit.

During this troubling time, we extend our support to Lei and his family. To contribute, we encourage our listeners to visit the GoFundMe page set up to assist with Lei's medical costs and family support: Help Needed After Kickboxing Tragedy.

This episode serves as a somber reminder of the importance of safety procedures in all fighting sports, in the hope of inciting change and preventing further tragedies."

Please, consider this a call to action to contribute. Every little bit counts. No one should be left to face these circumstances alone.


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