By Caoilte de Barra
Earlier this month, IMMAF President Kerrith Brown visited Kosovo on an official trip to the Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Sport.
In attendance at the meeting with the Ministry for Youth, Culture and Sport were Deputy Minister Daulina Osmanix, her advisor Lis Dorambari and secretary of Kosovo Mixed Martial Arts Federation Visar Alimehaj.
When visiting the Olympic committee, Brown also met with president Ismet Krasniqi and secretary general Besim Aliti.
The purpose of the meetings was to discuss the development of the sport in Kosovo, along with what support and information IMMAF can provide. Youth growth was also a primary topic of discussion as the federation aim to build its youth setup.
Back in December of 2020, the Kosovo MMA Federation were welcomed to the Olympic family in Kosovo after being accepted via a committee vote to receive full membership within the KOC. The federation’s current president, Besart Berisha, has previously represented Austria on the IMMAF stage and is due to return representing Kosovo at the 2022 European Championships.
He will become the second athlete to represent the nation after Arlind Berisha became the first in his gold medal run at the 2021 World Cup. The federation is still hoping to attract more clubs as they look to push forward in the coming year.