The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) announced Sunday efforts to gain official recognition from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Global Association of International Sports Federation (GAISF), while welcoming Uzbekistan as a new member with observer status.
IMMAF previously delayed legal action against WADA in September 2019 after alleging its bid for signatory status from WADA was rejected with WADA despite meeting all of the criteria. WADA allegedly offered “assurances” that a review of the bid would be conducted.
Signatory status is considered an important step towards International acceptance of MMA as a potential Olympic sport.
The IMMAF board of directors met in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on Feb. 7-8 to approve the WADA action plans for 2020. Membership commissions were created for Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and Americas as well as a Central Asian commission made up of Kazakhstan,Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and new member Uzbekistan.
“The creation of these area and regional commissions, under the IMMAF umbrella, will allow our policies and values to develop more quickly at local level, where the impact on the development of amateur MMA will be greatest,” IMMAF president Kerrith Brown said in a press release.
Other board approvals included a revamp of the IMMAF brand, website and IT strategy managed by consultant Tobias Sahlin.
The Board also approved a revamp of the IMMAF Brand, Website and a new IT strategy, the latter of which will be managed by a new consultant Tobias Sahlin.
“We have had a very productive couple of days of meeting, and the board has set out clear project guidelines for our teams to activate and deliver,” Densign White, IMMAF CEO added. “We will be focusing on building an efficient commercial unit to untap the potential of IMMAF to generate significant revenues.”
IMMAF’s Continental Championships begin with the Oceania Open at the Gold Coast from March 6-8, while registration is now possible for the IMMAF Africa Open Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa from April 15-18.
The Asian Open is scheduled for the state of the art Palace of Combat and Martial Arts in Nur-Sultan in June.