IMMAF CEO Densign White has confirmed he will be in Dublin tomorrow for talks alongside IAPA President John Kavanagh.
The duo will meet with Minister of Sport Michael Ring, CEO of Irish Sports Council John Treacy and other officials, for further discussions in relation to regulation of MMA events in the Rep. of Ireland.
The issue has come to the fore after the tragic and premature passing of Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho at TEF 1 event in Dublin, April 9th.
” We’ve got a meeting with Minister Ring and John Treacy, and I think there will be other civil servants there. I will be attending with John Kavanagh, the President of the IAPA. The purpose of that meeting is to sit down with them and talk about how we can make MMA safe in the Rep. of Ireland for the athletes. It’s all about the safety and welfare of the athletes. We don’t want anything like this ever happening again, not only in Ireland but anywhere else in the world.”
Minister of Sport Michael Ring last week pledged to regulate mixed martial arts in Ireland, following the death of Joao Carvalho. State regulation is a lengthy process for any sport, but White hopes the Irish government will push through some form of recognition for Kavanagh, and the IAPA.
“I really hope that something will be pushed through. I don’t want this meeting to be just about funding. I think funding is important but it doesn’t have to come from the government. The most important thing they can give John Kavanagh is recognition.”
White believes that sole recognition for Kavanagh and the IAPA would be a massive plus for the safety and development of the sport in Ireland.
“If John Kavanagh is given recognition as the only governing body for MMA in Ireland. Everybody who practices MMA in Ireland, or opens a gym in Ireland has to be a member. That in itself will generate funding for the IAPA.”
Recognition for the IAPA is the most important topic for tomorrow’s discussion with Minister Michael Ring. White also believes Irish MMA, with the help of the government, could set a worldwide benchmark for national MMA federations.
” I think Ireland could be the model for the world.”
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