- The B.C. government is committed to ensuring the safety and integrity of combat sports in British Columbia.
- In 2013, government passed the Athletic Commissioner Act and established the Office of the BC Athletic Commissioner (BCAC) to oversee the conduct of professional boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) as well as amateur kickboxing, MMA, muay thai and pankration events throughout the province.
- The BCAC is responsible for licensing promoters, contestants, matchmakers, seconds, and officials to participate in or plan professional and/or amateur events, issuing event permits and providing oversight of events.
- The act came into effect in May 2013 after changes to Sec. 83 of the Criminal Code of Canada, which resulted in:
- Exempting from the definition of prize fight any professional boxing or MMA contests held with the permission or under the authority of an athletic board or commission.
- Allowing provincial governments to determine how to regulate amateur combat sports. B.C. chose to have the BCAC oversee amateur MMA, kickboxing, Muay Thai, and pankration.
- Allowing provincial governments to exempt amateur combat sports from regulation if they are on the International Olympic or Paralympic Committee lists. The B.C. government currently exempts amateur boxing, wrestling, tae kwon do and judo.
- Allowing provincial governments to exempt non-Olympic and non-Paralympic combat sports from oversight. The B.C. government currently exempts wushu, karate, kung fu, grappling and jiu jitsu.
- To date, the BCAC has overseen 68 events with 19 event dates confirmed for 2017 with an anticipated increase beyond this number.
- For more information, visit: www.bcathleticcommission.ca/Default_Home.aspx
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Friday, March 10, 2017 9:27 AM