Today IMMAF- WMMAA received the outcome of its application for Observer Status from the Global Association of International Sports Federations: Regrettably the GAISF Council has decided not to grant Observer Status to the world governing body for MMA (mixed martial arts) at this time.
Observer Status forms a marker on the pathway to official sport recognition, which is referred to by governments worldwide and gives greater powers to a sport organisation to regulate its sport. Further to that, only GAISF recognised sports may apply to feature in the Olympic programme.
IMMAF – WMMAA, CEO Densign White, commented:
“Unfortunately it was not the decision we had expected or wanted. A lot of work has gone into the application and this is very disappointing. The rejection letter from GAISF does not give any explanation either as to how or why they arrived at this verdict, and we are seeking further information. This is not the end of the story. We will continue to fight for our place in the wider community of sports and we will be reapplying as soon as possible.”