Following years of hard work, It was a historic day for the Iraqi Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IRAQMMAF) as it received official recognition from the Iraqi National Olympic Committee.
An election also took place to determine the federation’s board, where Raad Jameel was elected as president and Haydar Mahdi as vice president. Ahmed Jameel will serve as the Secretary, with Salwan Raheem, Mohamad Dawod, Hammen Tahsyn, and Basma Jabar all confirmed to be members of the board.
Since receiving recognition, IRAQMMAF has been actively planning for the future, hosting the first meeting of the executive board to discuss the development of coaches and athletes by making courses readily available.
The first training session of the national team also took place, led by the coaching staff and the national wrestling team captain, Samir Mahdi.
The IRAQMMAF has already been active on the IMMAF circuit, debuting at the 2021 World Championships before going on to feature at the 2022 Asian Championships and World Championships. The federation has big plans for the future of the sport in Iraq, and the recent achievement of recognition will be a major factor in those plans.