MMA Federation welcomes holding Asian, Intl. contests in Kish

Kish, Karafarinane Eghtesad - Director of Development for the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) Andrew Mashanov underlined that the federation embraces hosting of international and Asian competitions by Iran’s Kish Island.

In a meeting with sport authorities of Kish Island, Mashanov said that the IMMAF calls on governments to support and develop the sport disciplines, and that Iran enjoys capabilities and equipment to promote the mixed martial arts.

According to the director, the capabilities should be developed in both software and hardware arenas, as authorities support infrastructure and the international federation also cooperates to enhance software equipment.

As to hosting of Asian and International competitions in Kish on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Iran, he said that given the fact that there are talented athletes in the country, the IMMAF welcomes the events hosted by Iranians in Kish Island.

In a bid to show a successful hosting, Iran should adopt proper and precise programing along with hardware supports to witness Iranian athletes would bag colorful medals in different competitions, he noted.

He went on to say that Tajikistan had already announced its readiness to host the Asian competition, but it withdrew from the hosting, because the country was not sure that its athletes can grab the most medals.

A host is considered successful that its athletes can show significant performance in the contest, he added.

Chairman of Iran's Martial Arts Associations Federation Yousef Behtari, for his turn, said that the Kish Island has started good effort to be accepted as the host of the Asian IMMAF Championships; so, the Iranian federation will assist the island to enhance Iran’s position in the international federation.

Behtari also emphasized that the Islamic Republic tries to avoid unofficial competitions and improper measures, as well as dispatch national team to the international and Asian events in order to support the IMMAF.

Mohsen Nazarpur, Kish Development, Water and Services Company, said that the island is determined to provide the organizers of the events with appropriate hosting capacities in terms of accommodation and equipment.

The MMA is a full-contact combat sport based on striking, grappling and ground fighting, incorporating techniques from various combat sports from around the globe.

In its essence, the mixed martial arts sport combines different martial arts such as Muay Thai, Kyokushin, boxing, kickboxing, taekwondo, wushu sanda (Chinese boxing), judo, Brazilian jujitsu and wrestling.


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