Gamma Leadership Meets With Ukrainian Sports Minister

With the teams arriving today for the GAMMA European Championships 2021 in Kyiv, Ukraine, the leadership of the Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA) and local organisers took the opportunity to meet with the Ukrainian Government in a crucial milestone for the development of MMA in the country.

Constructive talks were held between Ukrainian Minister of Youth and Sport and Olympic Champion fencer Vadym Markovych Gutsait, President of the Ukrainian Federation of MMA (UF-MMA) Volodymyr Teslia, GAMMA President Alexander Engelhardt, and GAMMA Vice President Carlo Di Blasi.

(L-R): GAMMA Vice President Carlo Di Blasi, President of the Ukrainian Federation of MMA (UF-MMA) Volodymyr Teslia, Ukrainian Minister of Youth and Sport and Olympic Champion fencer Vadym Markovych Gutsait and ​GAMMA President Alexander Engelhardt

“In our meeting today we discussed with the Minister of Youth and Sport about the future of GAMMA and MMA in general,” said GAMMA President Engelhardt. “We agreed that in addition to the large and growing MMA fanbase in the Ukraine, the development of MMA as a recreational sport is also impressive here.”

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The potential for organised grassroots MMA programmes in the country and methods to introduce mixed martial arts to the wider public were also discussed.

“Our local GAMMA member UF-MMA and local promoter WWFA have already shown the Ministry that MMA is the sport of the future,” Engelhardt continued. “We believe that GAMMA will have a solid base in the Ukraine and will bring very strong athletes to our future competitions.”

Running from 5-9 November, the GAMMA European Championships will feature some 120 athletes from approximately 15 countries at the Palace of Sports. Some of the continent’s best young amateur athletes will compete in MMA and Striking MMA disciplines.

As athletes from across Europe began arriving today for registration, weigh-ins and random hydration tests were also conducted. The competition draw will be held Saturday along with anti-doping and other seminars for the athletes, judges and referees.

The official opening ceremony is set for Sunday, to be followed by the first day of competition. All the action will be streamed live on GAMMA’s Facebook and YouTube channels, as well as the official Oktagon MMA Facebook page.

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All systems go for GAMMA European Championships

The leading amateur MMA athletes from across Europe are now in Kyiv, Ukraine for the GAMMA European Championships 2021, with bouts running from 7-9 November at the Palace of Sports.

In the lead up to the start of tomorrow’s competition, the official tournament draw was held today that produced a number of mouth-watering first-round clashes featuring a mix of familiar faces and up-and-coming talent. The full card can be found here.

The rules and regulations seminar for MMA and Striking MMA was open for all who were interested to attend,

With teams from 15 countries registered, seminars on the rules and regulations for MMA and Striking MMA were organised today for all athletes, coaches and referees.

For the first time, GAMMA conducted an anti-doping education seminar for athletes and their entourages. Delivered by independent anti-doping organisation the International Testing Agency (ITA), the seminar focused on athletes’ rights and responsibilities, the prohibited list (including medications, supplements and therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs)), the doping control process, and the consequences of doping. Read more about the seminar here.

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In addition to the athletes and officials that have made it to Kyiv, there is also a large media contingent that is ready to record all the great stories of the tournament and broadcast them across the globe.

The official opening ceremony is set for noon local time (11:00 CET) on Sunday, to be followed by the first day of competition beginning from 13:15 (12:15 CET).

Team Czech Republic all ready for the competition to start.

Medals will be awarded in 16 weight categories (9 for men and 7 for women) and all the action will be streamed live on GAMMA’s Facebook and YouTube channels, as well as the official Oktagon MMA Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing some new heroes crowned at what is sure to be a memorable European Championships this week.

Stay tuned for all the news.


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