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Committee of Ministers adopts Recommendation on extreme martial arts and combat activities

The Committee of Ministers has adopted a Recommendation to its member States on extreme martial arts and combat activities. The new recommendation focuses on those aspects which can significantly help to prevent risks to the health of the practitioners, so that these activities are in keeping with the requirements of existing norms with regard to the values of sport, the prevention of doping and the manipulation of sports competitions, fair competition and the training of coaches and referees.

The main stakeholders who are asked to take action include governments’, (recognised) sports organisations, ad hoc bodies for the regulation of Extreme Martial Arts and Combat Activities, such as national platforms, authorities, working groups, as well as commercial organisations organising extreme martial arts and combat activities.

The recommendation sets the aims, calls for multi-stakeholder co-operation and invites EPAS to follow up and facilitate co-operation.

It is completed by Guidelines which outline the key areas covered by the recommendation and specify the role expected from the various stakeholders. It replaces Committee of Ministers’ Recommendation R(99)11 which was on the prohibition of free fighting contests such as cage fighting.

 Recommendation (CM/Rec(2021)3) and its Appendix (Guidelines)

 Explanatory Memorandum (CM(2021)30-addfinal)

Strasbourg, France 31 March 2021
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The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) provides a platform for intergovernmental sports co-operation between the public authorities of its member states. It also encourages dialogue between public authorities, sports federations and NGOs. This contributes to better governance, with the aim of making sport more ethical, more inclusive and safer.


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EPAS aims to promote the development of any sport whose benefits are wide-reaching. It develops policies and standards, monitors them and helps with capacity-building and the exchange of good practices. 
Different recommendations initially prepared by EPAS have been adopted by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers on issues of sports ethics, the autonomy of the sports movement, and the protection of young athletes from dangers associated with migration.
Recommendations such as the European Sports Charter are regularly monitored via consultative visits in member states. 

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