On March 12, The Mixed Martial Arts Federation Mauritius held the official launching of its Women’s Commission. IMMAF President Kerrith Brown and Director of Member Service Gosha Malik were present at the launch, which took place at the Stephen Business School, Quatre Bornes, Mauritius. It was a historical event as the launch was held on the 55th independence anniversary of Mauritius.
The commission, led by Kanika Ramtohul and her team members, has been working to establish a development program to encourage more female participants in the strategic development of MMA in Mauritius.
Following the launch, Kanika Ramtohul said:
“The MMAFM Women’s Commission aims to encourage more female engagement in MMA. We offer various development pathways under IMMAF (athlete, coach, referee, judges and officials.). It also helps in personal development, fitness, self-confidence and self-defence. Those not aiming to compete may enjoy the training as entertainment and recreational activity. The commission is also making an effort to bring more female athletes to participate in competitions at national and international levels. We have set a series of activities that will cover the whole country, and the announcement will be made soon.”
Avinash Ramtohul, President of MMAFM, added:
“I am amazed to see the rapid growth of MMA in Mauritius. Unveiling the MMAFM Women’s Commission is a step forward in the development of the sport in the country. The federation is putting in place a platform where more women can demonstrate their power and capacity within the sport, creating an MMA network in Mauritius. We are offering a more equitable opportunity to women as the sport belongs to all genders. The commission will be a new force in the MMA scene in Mauritius. We notice that there is a growing interest in female participation in MMA because the Mauritius MMA Federation has put in place a well-organised structure which guarantees respect, discipline, safety and career progression with high professionalism.
“The MMAFM Women’s Commission will be engaging with different Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in quest of reaching the female community at large. At the launch, we had the presence of the President of Junior Chamber International – Quatre Bornes, Ms Veena Ramnauth and Ms Nidhi Chooroomooney, Barrister at Law, along with the participation of the commission members.”