A year after a meeting with IMMAF CEO Densign White in London, the Algerian MMA Federation has developed in leaps and bounds.
Under the guidance of Yassine Derradj and Risa Balynas, the federation in Algeria has managed a number of initiatives including an IMMAF Coaches’ Education course led by Director of Sports Development Andrew Moshanov.
The first ever national Algerian Amateur MMA Championship is taking place on 27—28 March, and the federation is also ramping up efforts to develop referees, officials and coaching development pathways, and fully understand the importance of the IMMAF grading system and App.
Mr Moshanov, speaking of his recent experience in Algeria said:
“It is very promising so see how Algeria’s Ministry of Sport are interested in the further development of this sport in the country. They are providing good support to MMA in Algeria and helping the new federation to achieve their goals.”
As is the pattern in a number of countries, the Algerian MMA federation is currently operating as a MMA Committee inside an existing sport structure. In this case it is the Algerian Kickboxing Federation. But the MMA experts are working hard to create a strong structure and to establish themselves as an independent national governing body. IMMAF’s Member Services Manager is working closely with the federation, supplying additional information and advice about membership development and on entry processes for IMMAF events.