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Kerrith Brown explains why Oceania Championships was stripped of IMMAF hosting rights

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The 2022 International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) Oceania Championships was supposed to take place at the Logan Metro Sports Events Centre in Brisbane, Australia from July 9-10, 2022. IMMAF president Kerrith Brown stopped the competition on the first day of matches due to onsite medical provision not fulfilling IMMAF’s gold standard.

However, the medical requirements remained unfulfilled on the morning of July 10, 2022 causing Brown to strip the competition of its IMMAF hosting rights at around 10:00 a.m. Presidents and coaches of participating national federations were informed and all matches continuing that day became part of a national event under the host federation.

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Participation in IMMAF Continental Championships accrues ranking points for athletes and teams in the World Amateur MMA Rankings. Top-performing athletes were seeded for the end-of-year IMMAF World Championships.

“It is unfortunate that we have been compelled to make the decision to strip the Oceania Championships of its IMMAF hosting rights,” Brown announced. “Our medical and regulatory committees have worked tirelessly for solutions and we have given the organizer every opportunity we possibly could to fulfil IMMAF criteria.”

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Kerrith Brown (©BRAVE CF)
Kerrith Brown (©BRAVE CF)

“We appreciate the challenges of organizing tournaments to IMMAF’s high regulatory standards and all the committed work of the host federation to bring the event to fruition,” Brown continued. “However, IMMAF cannot and will not compromise on its medical standards or any standards that pose an increased risk to athlete safety. We will continue to work with IMMAFA, and all our national federations, to support them in the development of infrastructure and processes that meet best practice and puts athlete wellbeing first.”

No points can be accrued by 2022 IMMAF Oceania Championships athletes or teams for the World Amateur MMA Rankings or for seeding in IMMAF World Championships. However, athletes who perform will still have the opportunity to secure a place on their national team.

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