ONE Championship announced Monday that former Savate champion Carlo Di Blasi will head the company’s operations as president in Italy.
“It is my pleasure to announce that Carlo Di Blasi has been named President of ONE Championship Italy,” ONE chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong said in a press release. “Carlo is a well-respected figure in the European martial arts industry, particularly with the work he has put in towards developing Muay Thai and kickboxing, as well as mixed martial arts in Italy. With Carlo’s business and domain expertise, he plays a key role in shaping the future of ONE Championship. As our organization establishes strong roots in locations around the world, the ONE Championship brand continues to flourish globally. Our goal is to ignite the world with strength, hope, dreams, and inspiration through the power of martial arts. I have no doubt that Carlo will do a tremendous job in his new role.”
Di Blasi will be responsible for business strategies, marketing and essentially managing the company’s business operations in Italy.
“Experiencing a ONE Championship event live for the first time, I immediately understood this is the future of martial arts,” Di Blasi added. “Getting to know the ONE Championship team – chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, vice chairman Saurabh Mittal, and group president Hua Fung Teh, and all the amazing people in the company – it’s the most incredible team I’ve ever seen. I know here at ONE Championship, we are going to change the world. I am proud to be president of ONE Championship Italy and even more proud to be part of this organization. I will do my best to help ONE Championship take martial arts to the next level.”
Previously, Di Blasi represented the International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) and the World Muay Federation (WMF). He was also a board member of the International Federation of Savate (FISAV), as well as vice President of the Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA). He was also a promoter for K1 Italy, GLORY Kickboxing and the Victory World Series tournaments.
Terms were not disclosed.