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FRENCH SPORTS MINISTER WANTS TO REGULATE MMA AND ALLOW COMPETITION IN FRANCE

 

French Minister of Sports, Roxana Mărăcineanu, has stated her plans to regulate MMA practice and (eventually) permit MMA competition in France, speaking in an interview this morning on RMC Sport.

Although practised for years informally in France, MMA competition has been prohibited there, forcing French MMA athletes to compete abroad. The French Amateur team has achieved well in IMMAF – WMMAA international championships with two world gold medallists to date, despite obstacles to practice. In 2015, a parliamentary review of MMA, conducted by (cross-parliamentary MPs) Jacques Grosperrin and Patrick Vignal, led to the recommendation that the outlawed sport should be permitted and regulated. However, the report’s publication was superseded by a ministerial decree that explicitly banned use of the enclosed MMA ring and strikes on the ground. This rendered the sport, which was already not permitted in practice through local licensing, officially illegal at the highest level.

Read more: https://www.immaf.org/french-sports-minister-wants-to-regulate-mma-and-allow-competition-in-france/