Johannesburg, South Africa will be the place for the 2020 Africa Open Championships.
The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) made the announcement earlier today that the three-day amateur MMA tournament is scheduled for April 15-18, with the tournament draw held on April 14.
“The 2020 Africa Open is expected to receive a boost from the spike in regional confidence following growth in 2019,” IMMAF president Kerrith Brown said in a press release. “The move of location of the Africa Championships is illustrative of the event’s rising prestige. African athletes are demonstrating themselves to be a rising talent force and the competition provides an excellent proving ground for athletes looking to build experience, and gain medals opportunities and ranking points in preparation for the end-of-year World Championships.”
The tournament should highlight the growth of MMA in the continent, with countries like Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa increasing representation in 2019. The federation also welcomed Algeria, Nigeria, Guinea, Ghana, and Morocco into its ranks last year.
“We are proud to be hosting the fifth annual IMMAF Africa Open in South Africa,” IMMAF director for Africa Raymond Phillips added. “It is exciting to see the growth in MMA on the Africa continent as IMMAF continues to grow at a magnificent tempo towards our Olympic goal. We look forward to welcoming IMMAF affiliated teams from around the world. Over the past five years, MMASA has had the honour to host teams from Sweden, India, Cameroon, Australia, France, Czech Republic, Bahrain, Russia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Spain, Mauritius and Lebanon, for whom we have worked to provide unparalleled hospitality: Alongside the great sporting opportunities presented, we offer unique tourist excursions to make up a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience for visitors. We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful country of South Africa!”
The Africa Open Championships will be hosted by the Mixed Martial Arts South Africa (MMASA) at the new EFC Performance Institute. It is expected to be broadcast on IMMAF.TV.
Registration officially begins today. Athletes wishing to compete should contact their national federation for more information.