Qatar has announced the creation of a new MMA Committee in the country designed to build a proper infrastructure for the sport. The committee, which has members from the martial arts disciplines including Adel Al Marzouqi from Judo, Sheik Ali Bin Jassim from Jujitsu and Hamad Salim Al Hajri from Wresting, has the full support of the Qatar Olympic Committee and the highly influential former professional boxer Fahad Bin Khalid Al Thani, and aims to standardise the regulations and rules for the sport while ensuring that safety remains the priority.

Although there have been MMA events in the country up until now, the sport has officially been outlawed due to concerns with the regulations. That is all now set to change with the creation of this forward-thinking commission which will drive the development of the sport from schools, to offering support for the top athletes at global competitions, making it accessible to everyone.

GAMMA President Alexander Engelhardt was invited to the announcement of the Committee in Doha and spoke enthusiastically about this development in Qatar, “It is extremely positive that the Qatar Olympic Committee has given its support and backing for the creation of the MMA Committee. GAMMA has been offering its assistance to those involved in setting up the Committee, and our entire community is looking forward to welcoming our friends from Qatar to our events and working more closely going forward to assist in the growth of MMA in the country.”