We have received a number of phone calls from clubs regarding events not being organized by CSC. This email is to respond to these inquires.
The FILA AMMA World Championship and National Trials for AMMA
Wrestling Ontario and Wrestling Canada are the recognized associations with PSO and NSO status for wrestling in Canada - however they are not involved in the AMMA events listed above. The two listed events are being hosted by groups which do not have recognition from the Ministry of Sport in Ontario. Both AMMA events are considered unsanctioned events. While FILA is a recognized International Federation for Wrestling, they have not fulfilled the requirements to have a provincial body to sanction AMMA in the province of Ontario. The legal counsel of CSC is addressing this issue with FILA directly as well as with the Ministry. Please see the letters from the Ministry.
WAMTAC or other Muay Thai Events in Ontario
We have also received phone calls asking for clarification for Muay Thai events being hosted by WAMTAC and other groups. Again please see the attached letter from the Ministry. There are currently NO Ministry of Sport recognized PSOs for Muay Thai in Ontario at the current time. All WAMTAC events are unsanctioned. CSC is supportive of the creation of a PSO for Muay Thai in Ontario and we will endorse any group that ultimately completes all the Ministry of Sport requirements.
Unfortunately there is misinformation being presented about events and who is allowed to sanction competitions in Ontario. Both attached documents clearly indicate the groups that are allowed to sanction combative events in Ontario. CSC and KO and the many clubs that are members of our association are fully committeed to safe and legal events in which all Ministry of Sport guidelines are met.
There will always be individuals and groups that choose to work outside the mainstream sport structures in Canada. Unfortunately these events are not mandated to have and follow policies to ensure fairplay or the health and safety of participants as mandated by the recognized National and International bodies. The death of the Hamilton man at an unsanctioned AMMA event in Michigan is a tragic example of the dangers of the unsanctioned world. Even sanctioned combative events have risks, however the Ministry of Sport requires and oversees recognized PSOs to ensure the highest level of health and safety policies are used to mitigate risks.
Why are Unsanctioned Events allowed to happen?
As some of you are aware, a private members Bill is at the final stage of approval with the government. Bill S209 will be approved into law in the coming weeks. It is in it's final reading at the House of Commons. Bill S209 has clarified the Section of the Criminal Code clearing making any amateur combative event that is not sanctioned by the Ministry recongized PSO is illegal. Under this new law, coaches, athletes and organizers of unsanctioned amateur events can be charged criminally. This law is long overdue - CSC and KO welcomes the much needed legal consequences to close down this underground industry.
CSC is committed to working within a sanctioned and government approved structures. This provides mainstream opportunities for all Canadians to be involved in safe combative sports. If you have any questions or want more information please contact the Ministry of Sport consultant for Combative Sports - Mr. Chahal at 416-314-7187.
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