Elections for the new GAMMA Executive Board and Council was the main order of business during the GAMMA Congress on Saturday 24 February. The meeting, which was held in a hybrid format, saw elections taking place for the first time since the foundation of the organisation in 2019 and the approval of a new Constitution, which took place during an extraordinary Congress held in December 2023 in Thailand.

While there was no challenge for the position of President held by Alexander Engelhardt [pictured right, below], the five vice president positions were hotly contested in the elections conducted by renowned voting company Lumi, with Germany’s Lusen Bakos coming out on top and taking the first vice president’s position. Those joining him in the remaining four positions were Jovinus Carolus Legawa from Indonesia, Gaji Gajiyev from Kazakhstan, Martin Skvara from the Czech Republic, and Carlo Di Blasi from Italy.

For the newly created Council positions, the five available seats went to Jun Hyuk Oh from Korea, Axl Jandhir Torres Zamora from Nicaragua, Tariq Ali from Pakistan, Domingo Jesus Dauhajre Selman of the Dominican Republic, and Inna Leniu from Samoa. Subsequent appointees to the Council are Erica Kerner of USA and Xinghui Jin of China, who will also be joining the Executive Board.

Before the conclusion of the Congress, 15 new full Members were added to the GAMMA community including African nations Gabon, Madagascar, Nigeria, and Uganda ahead of the African Games where the MMA competition will take place from 10 to 12 March in Accra, Ghana.

The Africa Games is a multi-sport event organised by the African Union (AU), the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and the Association of African Sports Confederations (AASC) every four years.