Big vic­tory for In­dia at the Ku­mite 1 League

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AF­TER the suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion of the first edi­tion of the Ku­mite 1 League, last week at Dome, NSCI in Mum­bai, the founders have al­ready started prep to take the league world­wide. The first mixed mar­tial arts league of In­dia, Ku­mite 1 League, backed by Toyam In­dus­tries, recog­nised by All In­dia MMA Fed­er­a­tion (AIMMAF) is In­dia’s only cen­tral govern­ment recog­nised non-profit fed­er­a­tion that reg­u­lates all the con­tests of un­armed com­bat. The first league was held be­tween In­dia and UAE, which saw In­dia win the ti­tle. Box­ing leg­end Mike Tyson, brand am­bas­sador of Ku­mite 1 League, sup­ported and mo­ti­vated the fighters. Sheikh Bin Tah­noon, Prince of Abu Dhabi, was also seen at the do. “The sup­port that K1L re­ceived from the au­di­ence and me­dia is proof enough that a coun­try, which was once ob­sessed with only cricket, is ready to wel­come other sports. It is not the lack of in­ter­est, but the deficit of in­fra­struc­ture that MMA has not been taken up as a se­ri­ous sport this far. But af­ter Team In­dia’s win over UAE, we have seen that there is no dearth of home-grown tal­ent. We, at Toyam, be­lieve we have taken a step in the right di­rec­tion,” says Mo­hammed Ali Bud­hwani, pro­moter – K1 and CMD, Toyam In­dus­tries.

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