By Jake Smith
The German Mixed Martial Arts Federation has announced an action packed 2022; the schedule is made up of four events including an inaugural Youth Tournament
In what will be a first for the nation, Germany will organise a Youth Tournament for young athletes on a date still to be finalised.
GEMMAF believes that a Youth Tournament will help further develop talent that the world has already seen at Junior level, where the likes of Anna Gaul has already shone on the IMMAF platform in recent years. She notably picked up 2018 European Championship Gold and World Championship Bronze, and European and World Gold in 2019.
Elsewhere in the schedule, GEMMAF had made a small alteration to their formally named regional championships, opting now to call them qualifiers. In a post across their social media pages, GEMMAF explained the decision behind the name change, hoping that it will lead to increased participation. They said: “With this we are no longer bound to the individual regions and we are taking the next step to make our events in amateur MMA more flexible and host more of them in the future.”
The first of the new qualifiers will take place in Coburg on March 26th 2022 and the second taking place in Gottingen on June 25th.
The German Championships will then take place on September 24th.
However, as is the case for many other IMMAF nations, GEMMAF will continue to focus on the IMMAF 2021 World Championships as the number 1 priority. The federation will no doubt be keen to improve on their 2019 tournament ranking, where the senior team fell short of making the podium but finished 6th at junior level.
The IMMAF 2021 Senior and Junior World Championships will run from January 24th-29th in Abu Dhabi.