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FG approves Mixed Martial Arts federation

The Federal Government has officially approved the recognition of Mixed Martial Arts as one of the National Sports Federations under the control and supervision of the Ministry of Sports and Youth Development.

Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, disclosed this on Tuesday in his office in Abuja, saying, “The approval, which was granted on January 11, 2023 follows series of interfaces between the federation’s board and the ministry and satisfied the condition precedent, pursuant to NMMAF’s acceptance to abide with the Code of Governance of all National Sports.

“The recognition has also saddled the federation with the responsibility to develop, regulate and ensure the safety of Mixed Martial Arts as a thriving sport in Nigeria in line with global best practices.

While calling on the federation to work towards discovering and developing talents from the grassroots, Dare urged them to take the game to a world-class status, not only through the development and maintenance of strict rules, but also adhering strictly to its standards.

Mixed Martial Arts is reputed to be one of the world’s fastest growing sports with an estimated 449 million followers worldwide.

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