The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) has welcomed the Hong Kong MMA Federation (HKMMAF) as its newest member. The president of the HKMMAF is Andrew Chan, who is also the chairman of Hong Kong-based MMA promotion JUST MMA.
“HKMMAF is formed as a platform to help the MMA community to promote and grow the sport in a safe and fair manner,” Chan stated. “We rely on every member of the community to contribute and to take ownership in being part of the exciting MMA development in Hong Kong.”
IMMAF’s national representative in Hong Kong is magnifying MMA as a sport, with an aim to become a National Sports Association under the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China. It is also supported by JUST MMA.
“Hong Kong has a rich history in martial arts and its international status has attracted an unbelievable variety of offerings,” Chan said. “The introduction of amateur MMA, being a common platform for competition, will be the most exciting development for all athletes.”
“Having organised 5 professional events in Hong Kong, Macau and China in the past two years, we were amazed by the level of participation from both athletes and spectators,” Chan continued. “We are certain that the sport will grow dramatically in coming years and with a quality supply of coaches and training facilities, Hong Kong will generate a good number of professional and amateur athletes.”
The HKMMAF is composed of officials, coaches, athletes, and professionals from the fields of medicine, law, media and finance. It will initially focus on building a structure for amateur competition under the IMMAF framework, including the rules, officiation and medical support, and will be followed by the introduction of the IMMAF certification program to coaches, referees and cutman.
Representing one of the most accessible cities in the region, the HKMMAF is well placed to organize events across the region and its aim is to support the promotion of MMA across Asia.