France’s Ministry of Sport has confirmed that the French Boxing Federation (FFB) has obtained a renewal of the delegation to manage the sport of MMA, with FMMAF continuing as the recognised affiliated member of IMMAF.
FMMAF, an internal body of the FFB, is expected to receive increased support in terms of budget and human resources as a signal of the confidence placed in FMMAF by the Ministry and recognition of the growing importance of MMA in France.
Amongst the plans, FMMAF has in place to develop the sport is a campaign to gather and communicate with the key MMA players in France, including gyms and clubs, coaches, sports educators, recreational practitioners, and competitors (both professional and amateur).
In May, FMMAF will deploy a software solution for clubs and licensed members. This new tool will, among other things, permit the start of federal training for coaches.
Amateur competitions are also planned this season in 5 regional zones leading up to the French Championship scheduled for the end of 2022.
FMMAF also makes communications and marketing a priority so that it can inform and educate current and potential members about FMMAF’s development and action plan.
IMMAF President Kerrith Brown said: “We would like to congratulate the FFB for all the hard work they have put into setting up our member FMMAF in France and developing the sport of MMA in France since 2020, despite the challenges caused by the Covid Pandemic. This renewal by the Ministry of Sport shows the quality of work and commitment the FFB has towards our sport. We look forwards to continuing to support FMMAF in the development of MMA in France and look forward to seeing French athletes competing in MMA as the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris approach.”