Combat Sports Commission Summer 2019 Newsletter

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Summer 2019 | Volume #1 | Issue #1




Message From the Board Chair


Welcome to the inaugural Washington, DC Combat Sports Commission's newsletter. What's happening in the city in relation to sports we regulate? That's what you'll find here. We'll cover recent activities in boxing, wrestling, mixed martial arts, and more. The DC combat sports scene, at every level in every sports category, has stories that deserve to be told, news that needs to be shared. We'll do just that.






   Adam Weers


News & Updates

Legislative Update


The DC Combat Sports Commission Amended the Boxing and Wrestling Commission Act of 1975. The amendments renamed the District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission to the District of Columbia Combat Sports Commission (Commission); increased the composition of the Commission from three to five commissioners; delegated grant-making authority to the Commission; and allowed the Commission to approve safety requirements for amateur matches with protective gear that is approved by the sanctioning body.


Notice of Final Rulemaking (Anti-Doping Standards) The District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission (“Commission”), pursuant to the authority set forth in Section 7 of the District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission Act of 1975, effective October 8, 1975 (D.C. Law 1-20; D.C. Official Code § 3-606 (2016 Repl.)) (“Act”), hereby adopts the following amendments to Chapter 20 (Boxing and Wrestling: General Rules) and Chapter 24 (Mixed Martial Arts Uniform Rules) of Title 19 (Amusements, Parks, and Recreation) of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations. This rulemaking amends the general rules applicable to boxers, wrestlers, kickboxers, martial artists and mixed martial artists by adopting the internationally recognized anti-doping standards for all combative sports contestants in the District. It also amends the rules governing the number and length of rounds for mixed martial arts contest in order to allow flexibility to permit new styles of competition in the District.


Partner Agency News


Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will be hosting this year’s Mayor’s Cup Amateur Boxing Event. The DC Combat Sports Commission is pleased to be working DPR to make this year’s event a success. Teams from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, and the DC area will be invited to participate. Amateur boxers with more than 10 bouts are eligible. There will be two classes: ages 19 and above and youth 16 and above. There will be up to 20 bouts and a special Most Valuable Boxer award will be named in honor of Dr. Arnold McKnight. The event will take place at Howard University’s Burr Gymnasium, Saturday, August 24, 2019. Weigh-In: 9:00 am; bouts begin at 2:00 pm.


Recently Issued Licenses


Boxers: 54

Wrestlers: 181

MMA: 22        

Seconds: 139

Referees: 35

Judges: 9

Inspectors: 7

Promoters: 16


Upcoming Events

Saturday, August 24th

The Mayor’s Cup Amateur Boxing

Burr Gymnasium, Howard University

2798 Girard Street, NW

Washington, DC 20059


Remaining 2019 Commission Meetings


The Commission holds meetings at Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), 1100 4th street, SW, Washington, DC 20024, on the second Wednesday of every month at 12:00 p.m. Meetings are open to the public. Please contact the Commission to confirm meeting dates, times, and locations.


   August - Recess

   September 11, 2019

   October 9, 2019


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