Portuguese MMA Federation Affiliates with National Wrestling

When the former president of the Portuguese MMA Federation (FMMAP) decided to resign, the remaining active bodies made a serious analysis of the federation’s current situation. On reviewing the federation itself, the national laws and best practices in other countries, they decided to approach the National Wrestling Federation, the Federação Portuguesa de Lutas Amadoras (FPLA) to propose the formation of a semi-independent committee for MMA under the FPLA. By Portuguese law, for a sport to have any legal status it must fall under the jurisdiction of a publicly recognized federation. Since the FPLA is one of the oldest and most prestigious sports federations in Portugal, formed in 1925, a founding member of the National Portuguese Confederation and a member of the National Olympic Committee, the resulting restructure has enabled a huge step towards the full recognition of MMA in Portugal. The reformed Portuguese MMA Athletic Commission (Comissão Atlética Portuguesa de MMA – CAPMMA) is by large composed of former active members of FMMAP, and retains autonomy on core issues. The members of the former FMMAP unanimously accepted the change and are now undergoing transfer of affiliation. The President of CAPMMA is the President of the FPLA, Mr. Pedro Silva, a very experienced and highly recognized leader. The Executive Director is Luis Barneto, former Director of the FMMAP, Team Leader and National Coach of both the 2014 and 2015 delegations to the IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA. The objective of the CAPMMA is to promote the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) nationally at all levels, in order to contribute to the positive development of society. The CAPMMA complies unreservedly with the statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of IMMAF. Executive Director, Luis Barneto, said: “This is a huge step towards a recognized and legally supported sport of MMA, a step that will certainly be seen in the future as a milestone. We are already preparing for our next National Championships, so there is no rupture with the recent past. We are working towards objectives that we now feel can be more readily achieved, and would like to propose that Portugal  hosts an IMMAF European Championship before the close of this decade.” For further information on the CAPMMA, please visit www.capmma.org or email geral@capmma.org [/spb_text_block]

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