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May 17, 2023

Manitoba Government Introduces Legislative Amendments that would Enhance Safety of Combative Sport Participants

The Manitoba government is introducing Bill 40, the Combative Sports Act, to expand the mandate of the Manitoba Combative Sport Commission (MCSC) which would enhance the safety of combative sport participants at all levels, Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Obby Khan announced today.

“Our government is committed to enhancing athlete safety in all sports and these amendments will allow amateur athletes in sports such as kick-boxing and jiu-jitsu the opportunity to participate in a broader range of regulated and safer combative sport competitions,” said Khan. “Expanding the mandate of the MCSC will ensure a more cohesive approach to sport participant safety across all combative sports, both professional and amateur.”

The proposed legislation would expand the mandate of the MCSC to include both amateur and professional sports and designate it as the sanctioning body for amateur combative sports where another sanctioning body is not already designated.

Interest and participation in combative sports is growing in Manitoba and around the world, the minister noted, adding that this bill would enable athletes, officials, coaches and others involved in the combative sport community to pursue athletic objectives, while fostering an environment that prioritizes the well-being of all who participate.

Additionally, amateur and professional combative sport competitions result in economic activity including tourism and remove the draw of unsanctioned events, the minister added.

“We know there is unregulated and illegal amateur combative sport activity taking place in Manitoba, and we want to eliminate that with this bill,” said Khan.

The MCSC was established as a standalone organization in 2017. It receives operating funding from the Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage and is already responsible for regulating professional combative sports. Currently, the MCSC does not regulate or sanction any amateur combative sports.

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