The head of the MMA Union of Russia, Radmir Gabdullin, appreciated the possible inclusion of mixed martial arts in the program of the Olympics.
– Recently, Kerrit Brown has been repeatedly asked a question about the possible inclusion of MMA in the program of the Olympic Games. In your opinion, is this likely to be done in the near future?
– I do not hide the fact that I actively advocate the inclusion of mixed martial arts in the Games program. Our sport is wildly popular, a huge number of people are engaged in it, and the IMMAF includes more than 70 countries. I think this allows us to count on an early entry into the Olympic family. However, the reality is that many in the IOC do not want this.
– Why can the IOC be against MMA? Does the committee consider mixed martial arts too violent?
– No. Some believe that if MMA is included in the number of Olympic sports, then someone may not have enough space. But I don’t think such concerns are well founded. Better to pay attention to the pros. If mixed martial arts become part of the Games, they will attract additional attention to them. MMA has its own long-established audience, which may not follow the Olympic competitions, but will want to see their favorite sport in the Games program.
– And if we talk about the timing?
– This will not be done quickly. It is necessary to finalize the regulations, rules, and many other points. In addition, much depends on other countries as well. They must be prepared to provide high competition. Not only Russia, the USA, Great Britain, China and Japan should fight for gold.
– According to your forecasts, the inclusion of MMA in the Olympic family is most likely in the 2020s or 2030s?
– On my own behalf, I will do my best to make this happen within the next ten years.