Uzbekistan joins IMMAF; Board approves 2020 action plans

Sherzod Toshmatov, Kerrith Brown

Sherzod Toshmatov, Kerrith Brown

Uzbekistan has joined the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation. As a new member of the federation, the country is under observation status.

Sherzod Toshmatov is the current vice president of Uzbekistan’s MMA federation. He recently met with IMMAF President Kerrith Brown.

On February 7, 2020, the IMMAF board of directors met in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan to formulate policy and approve action plans for 2020. While continuing to strengthen the operation capacity of the federation, the directors agreed to step up efforts to gain official recognition from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Global Association of International Sports Federation (GAISF).

To ensure efficiency of communication, the membership of IMMAF Commissions was approved as was a new IT platform designed. In addition, a 2020 Action Plan for each team was approved.

The formation of area commissions for Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and Americas was approved and appropriately, a Central Asian commission, made up of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan was also launched in Nur-Sultan. Brown said, “The creation of these Area and Regional Commissions, under the IMMAF umbrella, will allow our policies and values to develop more quickly at local level, where the impact on the development of amateur MMA will be greatest.”

The IMMAF board approved a revamp of the IMMAF brand and website. A new IT strategy will be managed by a new consultant Tobias Sahlin.

“We have had a very productive couple of days of meeting and the board has set out clear project guidelines for our teams to activate and deliver,” IMMAF CEO Densign White said. “We will be focusing on building an efficient commercial unit to untap the potential of IMMAF to generate significant revenues.”

IMMAF’s Continental Championships will kick off with the Oceania Open at the Gold Coast from March 6-8, 2020 while registration is now possible for the IMMAF Africa Open Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa from April 15-18, 2020. The Asian Open will be taking place at the state of the art Palace of Combat and Martial Arts in Nur-Sultan in June 2020.

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