Tajikistan Partially Bans Combat Sports
Authorities in Tajikistan have imposed a de facto ban on multiple types of combat sports and are instead proposing popularizing “gushtingiri,” a national marital art.
The highly confusing list of proscribed sports, as listed on the the State Committee for Youth and Sport website, comprises professional boxing, submission wrestling, unifight, K-1, various forms of mixed martial arts, arm-wrestling, something called “new full contact,” and pankration.
As the committee explained, while private clubs will be permitted to continue practicing the sports and participating in competitions, so long as they can raise their own funds, the disciplines will not be allowed in clubs funded by the government. There are 85 such premises across Tajikistan.
The reasoning provided for this partial prohibition is that the sports in question could cause physical harm to its younger practitioners.
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