Sports activities existed in Thailand as early as 1257 A.D. when the Thai people freed themselves from Khmer suzerainty and founded a Kingdom at Sukhothai. The soldiers had access to physical exercises and the art of combat-technique often taught by men of great renown in sports achievements.

While sports were being vigorously developed either by court or by people, one salient feature was seen. The Thai were agreed that sports were for the purpose of creating better men, and sportsmanship ranked high. By the end of the 19th century, however, Thai sports entered a new era as Western or modern sports were introduced. The Thai soon caught the spirit and became enthusiastic converts.