MOSCOW, October 6 – RIA News. The story of the battles of children at the mixed martial arts tournament (MMA, Mixed Martial Arts) in Grozny caused a great resonance in society and led to a discussion about how acceptable it is to conduct children’s fights and broadcast them live.
On Tuesday, the ten-year-old son of the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, Ahmad won by knockout in a fight at the mixed martial arts tournament in Grozny in 14 seconds. Also, two of his other sons – Eli and Adam – defeated their rivals in show fights in the weight categories up to 27 and 35 kilograms, respectively. The President of the MMA Union of Russia Fedor Emelianenko condemned the fights with the participation of children, and also stated that children under 12 years old are not allowed to speak at all according to the rules of the MMA.
While sports officials and the children’s ombudsman understand what happened, the discussion threatens to result in a conflict: not all opponents of Emelianenko were able to express their position with restraint and without a personal identity, some could not resist direct insults.
Emelianenko: children’s fights in Grozny are unacceptable
The debate about whether it is permissible to conduct fights in MMA with the participation of children was initiated by the president of the MMA Union of Russia Fedor Emelianenko, who condemned the fights involving children. In his Instagram account, Emelianenko noted that the fights in Grozny were declared as indicative, but “in fact, the audience saw real fights.”
“According to the official rules of the sport recognized by the Russian Ministry of Sports, athletes under the age of 21 must enter the ring wearing a helmet, pads, and under 12 years old also in a rash guard or a T-shirt. In addition, there are certain restrictions for age groups under the age of 21. Fights were conducted according to the rules that exist for adult professional athletes, which is not suitable for children, “wrote Emelianenko.
However, he noted that children under 12 years of age under the rules of MMA are not allowed to speak at all.
“What happened yesterday (on Tuesday – ed.) At the tournament in Grozny is unacceptable, and moreover, this cannot be justified,” added the president of the MMA Union of Russia.
Emelianenko was also outraged by the fact that the children’s battles were broadcast live on the Match! Fighter television channel.
“I’m not talking about the fact that children under 12 are not even allowed into the hall as spectators, but here the kids, who are 8 years old, beat each other in front of joyful adults. Is it really so important for everyone to organize a show to the detriment of children’s health ?! “He wrote.
Emelianenko noted that the head of the republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, was watching the fighting and asked if he had been informed that “fighting is not allowed for children under 12 years of age?”