Anti-Doping Committee Established By IMMAF

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation has announced its plans of establishing an anti-doping committee that is focused on enabling its members to meet World Anti-Doping Agency compliance in a year’s time.

According to an official release, the IMMAF took the step due to battling performance enhancing substance abuse is crucial not only to ensure fair play but most importantly from a health and safety perspective. Bertrand Amoussou, Vice President of the IMMAF and President of the French MMA Federation, has been selected to chair the committee, and IMMAF member federations have asked to nominate candidates to fill the committee. That process is expected to take six months, at which point the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation will outline its anti-doping plans and submit them to WADA for approval.

As per the announcement by the IMMAF, the first order of business for the committee is to investigate implementation for WADA compliance within the member federations and implications on matters such as sanctioning of professional events and compliance with the national guidelines in each individual country. Anti-doping policies are paramount if mixed martial art is ever going to become an Olympic sport.

The anti-doping committee has established its responsibilities as the development and maintenance of IMMAF anti-doping policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with the WADA code, development of IMMAF anti-doping education and information programs for all stakeholders, education of member federations and assistance in implementation of anti-doping policies and procedures, development and maintenance of the IMMAF doping control program including pre- and post-competition testing, result based testing, random testing and targeted testing, annual report on IMMAF anti-doping activities, WADA and national anti-doping organization communication, and establishment of criteria for and maintenance of the IMMAF Registered Testing Pool (RTP), identifying those who need provide their whereabouts.

The IMMAF, started in 2012, was created to further the development and recognition of the sport of MMA, enabling international competition through the organization of national federations around the world and quickly added federations in the U.S., Austria, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Nepal, and the United Kingdom. The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) was founded by Austin Wallen on Feb. 29, 2012 and this anti-doping committee’s task is to enable World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) compliance within a year’s timeframe, ensuring that mixed martial arts is up to par with other major international sports when it comes to anti-doping policies.

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