MMA: My dream for In­dia

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES SPORT -

THE emerg­ing role of In­dia as a su­per power in com­bat sports had been ex­po­nen­tial. The surge has trans­formed the land­scape of In­dian sports in the olympic level as well as in the pro­fes­sional level. The re­sul­tant trend has sig­nif­i­cantly in­flu­enced In­dian film in­dus­try, fit­ness, fash­ion and for­eign in­vest­ments. Ma­jor In­dian cities are thriv­ing as key hubs for global in­vest­ments fo­cused on the sports and fit­ness in­dus­try. Brave Com­bat Fed­er­a­tion found and funded by His High­ness Sheikh Khalid bin Ha­mad al Khal­ifa, fifth son of the King of Bahrain and the First Deputy Pres­i­dent of the Supreme Coun­cil for Youth and Sports, Bahrain is the lat­est mega project that is in­vest­ing in the In­dian sports in­dus­try. The Bahrain based mixed mar­tial arts promo- tion is the largest in Asia and the fastest grow­ing MMA or­gan­i­sa­tion in the world.

Mum­bai will host the first ever Brave Com­bat Fed­er­a­tion fight night on April 23 at Dome NSCI fea­tur­ing ath­letes from12 na­tions. “Mar­tial arts is a cap­ti­vat­ing sub­ject for me, it’s some­thing in­her­ent in hu­man na­ture and I have been fol­low­ing it for a long time and had ac­tively par­tic­i­pated as well. Sports have the power to bring peo­ple and na­tions to­gether. A true leader leads by ex­am­ple. My goal is to in­flu­ence as many young minds in my coun­try and around the world, and in­spire them to do what they love to do. I have ac­tively par­tic­i­pated and have an un­beaten record of two wins in ama­teur mixed mar­tial arts,” said His High­ness Sheikh Khalid.

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