Athletic Commissioner Act Introduced in British Columbia Legislature

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VICTORIA – The Province is taking steps to establish a Provincial Athletic Commissioner, who would regulate and supervise professional contests such as boxing, kick-boxing and mixed martial arts.

Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Ida Chong introduced Bill 50 – Athletic Commissioner Act – in the legislature today.

The proposed act would establish a consistent framework to oversee the conduct of these professional events throughout the province. This legislation would not apply to amateur contests.

The commissioner’s primary focus would be to ensure the safety of competitors and officials.

If local governments do not want such contests to take place in their communities, they would be able to prohibit these events by passing a bylaw.

Quotes:
Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development –

“The benefit of having a provincial athletic commissioner would be that every professional contest would be subject to the same rules and regulations, whether it was being held in Vancouver, Nanaimo or Vernon.”

“Since sports such as kick-boxing and mixed martial arts are very popular and are taking place without a consistent regulatory framework, it makes sense to be proactive about creating this position to increase the safety of athletes and officials, as well as to provide certainty for communities and the industry.”

Quick Facts:

  • The role of the commissioner would be to oversee the conduct of professional contests such as boxing, kick-boxing and mixed martial arts throughout the province, with a key focus on the safety of competitors and officials.
  • The key duties of the commissioner would be to:
    • Ensure a consistent standard of qualifications and safety protocols for all participants and officials through a uniform licensing and permitting framework.
    • Ensure compliance with the proposed act and its regulations, through the use of suspension or cancellation of licences and event permits, as well as administrative penalties.
    • The Community Charter and the Vancouver Charter now provide for the establishment of local athletic commissions to authorize public events. Such athletic commissions may regulate professional boxing and similar activities, contests and exhibitions.
    • At least nine B.C. municipalities currently have athletic commissions. If the Province establishes an athletic commissioner, both the Community Charter and Vancouver Charter will be amended to remove the authority to create local commissions.

11 Responses to “ Athletic Commissioner Act Introduced in British Columbia Legislature ”

  1. This is great news, if the good of the sport is put first at all times, and the wrong people don’t end up in charge.

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  2. No coincidence this is happening while there is a change being proposed to Section 83 of the criminal code.

    Saskatchewan needs to do this also.

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  3. Jamie Locke says:

    Awesome news indeed. This will either be very good for the province as a whole, or very bad for the excellent commissions that already operate in Bear Mt, Nanaimo and Vernon/ Penticton.

    I see this being a good thing as I imagine they will put an experienced guy in there to run the show. Bill Mahood?

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  4. Don't Call Me Leon says:

    @Jamie

    Looks like David Galbraith is getting the first crack at running the BCAC? Although I couldn’t agree more with your choice as Bill Mahood is the best man to run it! But in reading this article is seems they are stil missing the point as it won’t apply to amateur contests, which Mahood currently overseas so at least we know from the amateur ranks things will be run correctly!

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  5. Darren Owen says:

    The problem with the amateur fights is that they ALL aren’t run by Mahood and MMABC. This should be mandatory and it’s not. I’m lobbying for Mahood to atleast get the language in the law so amateur events will be mandatory to be overseen by MMABC.

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  6. Don't Call Me Leon says:

    Leave it to Darren to set the last record straight, couldn’t agree more!

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  7. There are current proposed changes to the wording of Section 83 of the criminal code that will include amateur, so it would fall under provincial bodies.

    I’m sure it’s excluded for now for this reason.

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  8. Jamie Locke says:

    I would have thought Mahood would have been a shoe in for this position. He’s been in the game since the beggining and has flawlessly run the am show for three years? Who knows, maybe he didn’t even apply.

    That’s strange D.O. I thought it was mandatory to use their am commission, shows what I know. Hopefully he does get that rule in to keep everything standard.

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  9. Bdc says:

    It would be nice if alberta followed suit.

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  10. DeRAppe says:

    Any update on this?

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  11. DeRAppe says:

    This is now law. Congrats BC

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