The Ministry of Sports of Russia has decided to suspend the accreditation of the MMA Union of Russia for three months in connection with the death of a teenager at a mixed martial arts tournament in the Amur Region.
The corresponding order, signed on June 15, is posted on the official website of the Ministry of Sports and the MMA Union of Russia.
“Russian MMA is on pause,” reads the entry on the sports federation’s website.
The press service of the MMA Union of Russia explained that accreditation can be restored within a month, since all the comments of the Ministry of Sports about the existing shortcomings were taken into account and corrected.
On June 5, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a criminal case into the death of 16-year-old Bogdan Pushkarev, who died in the hospital after he missed a kick to the head at the MMA Open Cup in Belogorsk.
According to the regulations, 16- and 17-year-old competitors were required to perform in open-type boxing helmets, however, for some reason, this rule was not strictly observed.