MMA inclusion for Olympics gains traction as global body applies for GAISF observer status

MMA inclusion for Olympics gains traction as global body applies for GAISF observer status

The first step to seeing MMA as an Olympic sport has just been made. Rick Dela Cruz (file photo)
By Dugout Philippines

SINGAPORE—The Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA) announced on Thursday that it has formally submitted its application for observer status with the Global Association of International Sport Federations (GAISF).

The observer status from GAISF enables GAMMA to continue improving and strengthening governance, rules, policies, and global representation for the sport of mixed martial arts. GAMMA provides a safe and competitive platform to build and develop the mixed martial arts scene from the grassroots, carving a path of success for athletes who one day aspire to become professional mixed martial artists.

"The success of the GAMMA World Championship in Singapore last November brought together different great nations in celebration of martial arts and our community. Now, it’s time to take the next step forward," said Alexander Engelhardt, president of GAMMA.

He added, "GAMMA is built on the strong foundation of the true values of martial arts, and we believe having observer status with GAISF brings us closer to achieving our ultimate goal - to bring the sport of mixed martial arts to the Olympics."

Based in Amsterdam, GAMMA is a non-profit organization made up of thought leaders and pioneers in mixed martial arts across five continents with decades of experience in the sport. GAMMA is headed by its President, Alexander Engelhardt, and its members are made up of national federations across almost 100 countries.

The application is a major leap forward in GAMMA’s quest for approval from the GAISF, the umbrella organization for all the international sports federations, and ultimately from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to recognize mixed martial arts as an Olympic sport.

GAMMA’s objective is to obtain international recognition for mixed martial arts as an Olympic sport, in order to give all mixed martial artists the platform and opportunity to fulfill their dream of competing on the Olympic stage.

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