Bahrain MMA Federation Holds First Press Conference at F1 to Promote IMMAF Worlds

The Bahrain Mixed Martial Arts Federation (BMMAF) launched its new logo and the first official 2017 competition calendar, which is part of the strategic plan developed by the Federation and goes in line with the vision of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, Honorary President of the Bahrain Mixed Martial Arts Federation (BMMAF), Founder of Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa Mixed Martial Arts Organization (KHK MMA), to continue the development and enhancement of Bahraini MMA.

This came during the Federation’s first press conference held on 17 April, in the presence of Mr. Kerrith Brown, President of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF); Mr. Densign White, CEO of the IMMAF; several members from schools and clubs specialized in Bahrain mixed martial arts; and fans and enthusiasts of this sport.

The press conference was led by media personnel, Fawaz Al-Abdullah, who spoke about the Bahrain Mixed Martial Arts Federation and the sports under the Federation’s umbrella: MMA, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Boxing and Muai Thai.

Colonel Khalid Abdulaziz Al-Khayat, President of the BMMAF, gave a speech where he congratulated the leadership on the Kingdom of Bahrain’s success in organising and hosting the 13th edition of the 2017 F1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. He also conveyed the greetings of HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, to all, and wished them success.

The BMMAF President spoke of the Federation’s vision which goes in line with the vision of HH Shaikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, in which His Highness aims to deepen the youth’s connection to the sport, and attract talent to build a strong infrastructure that will contribute to MMA achieving Olympic and global recognition, as well as giving the Kingdom of Bahrain a distinct position within sport.

Al-Khayyat also touched on the Federation’s mission, which is based on contributing to advance the youth and sports movement in the Kingdom, to play a role in the mission for progress of society, and create an environment that enables youth to channel their energy and practice and test their capabilities in different fields. The objectives set out include:

1 – To abide by the implementation and follow-up of the policy set by His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa for the mixed martial arts programme, and promote the importance of mixed martial arts in Bahrain.

2- To cooperate with authorities concerned in all matters related to the combat sports

3 – To pay attention to talent at an early age and prepare a new generation for success in the field of mixed martial arts.

4. To develop a general policy to build partnerships with those involved in mixed martial arts, with international organizations, global bodies and participate in various Gulf, Arab, Asian and international championships.

5 – To develop a general strategy for licensing schools and centers specialized in mixed martial arts in coordination with competent authorities.

6. To organize awards, incentives and materials to provide encouragement in the field of mixed martial arts.

7. To prepare a strategic plan to support the youth, encourage them to innovate in mixed martial arts and discover talent.

8. To stimulate clubs, centers and schools to focus on various mixed martial arts games.

9 – To deepen the social and sports communication between the visitors of MMA clubs, centers and schools.

10 – To attain an Olympic or global awards and raise the name of the Kingdom of Bahrain in all forums and international championships.

Taking into account the importance of achieving the values set by the Federation, which are based on the principles of respect, discipline, excellence and teamwork, Al-Khayyat said that the Kingdom of Bahrain will host an important event, which is the fourth edition of the IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA.

He called for all efforts to be made to ensure the success of the championship, which will work in line with the vision and directives of His Highness Shaikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, to refine Bahrain’s capabilities to host various international events that strengthen the Kingdom’s position on the international map.

In conclusion, the BMMAF President thanked HH Shaikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Khalifa for the support and trust, and stated his hopes that the Federation will fulfil its mission in a way that serves the aspirations of His Highness and achieve further successes. He also gave appreciation to the support of the media in covering the Federation’s activities and events.