The international mixed martial arts community continues to show its support for His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa on the occasion of his appointment as the president of the Bahrain Olympic Committee. International Mixed Martial Arts Federation president Kerrith Brown praised the Bahraini prince’s appointment.
“Congratulations to His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa as the new president of the Bahrain Olympic Committee,” Brown stated. “This is fantastic news for MMA. His Highness has been a passionate patron and supporter of the sport both at national and community level and also at an international level, being the driving force behind Bahrain’s hosting of the IMMAF -WMMA World Championships for three years.”
“He has been closely involved with the Bahraini national amateur MMA team, which has travelled to participate in international competitions with a high success rate,” the IMMAF president said of Al Khalifa. “I couldn’t be happier for the Prince, who is also himself a committed sports participant, and I am proud on behalf of MMA, to see such an advocate attain this position in a country well reputed as a world-class platform for international sports.”
For the last three years, Sheikh Khalid has committed to the development of the sport also at amateur level by helping to bring the world championships to Bahrain and increasing its popularity. In 2016, he established Brave CF, which is headquartered in Muharraq, Bahrain, with Mohammed Shahid as the president.
In 2015, Brown was appointed as the president of IMMAF. As a judoka, he represented the United Kingdom at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, United States in 1984.
At the 1984 Summer Olympics, Brown won bronze in the men’s lightweight division. In 2012, he was elected by the British Judo membership as the new Chairman of the British Judo Association.
In 2018, Brown was a special guest at the URCC Hall of Fame Awards in the Philippines. Here is his speech during the event: