BC Athletic Commissioner Announces Boxing Judge/Referee Training Course

    If you are looking to become a licensed judge or referee for professional boxing in BC, the office of the BC Athletic Commissioner has just announced a three day Boxing Judge and Referee Training Course. The Course will take place at Dynamic MMA in Richmond BC from September 28-30.  There is limited registration … More BC Athletic Commissioner Announces Boxing Judge/Referee Training Course

BC Sets the Canadian Standard For Legal Pro/Am MMA Events

Professional and amateur MMA can now be legally hosted in Canada so long as appropriate local laws are passed.  To this end other Canadian jurisdictions can take a page from British Columbia when it comes to regulating combat sports in the post Bill S-209 world.  BC now has the clearest Province wide legal framework for … More BC Sets the Canadian Standard For Legal Pro/Am MMA Events

BC Athletic Commission Sets Rules For Amateur Muay Thai; Kickboxing Rules Still in Progress

(Image via Wikimedia) The BC Athletic Commissioner has now set out the rules for Amateur Muay Thai contests in British Columbia. Further to the powers given to the Commissioner via section 2(2) of Order in Council 2013-342, the Commissioner has adopted, on a provisional basis, the Association of Boxing Commissions Unified Rules and Guidelines for … More BC Athletic Commission Sets Rules For Amateur Muay Thai; Kickboxing Rules Still in Progress

BC Legalizes Amateur MMA and Other Non-IOC Combat Sports

The BC Government has just passed  Order in Council 2013-342 which expands the BC Athletic Commissioner’s powers to regulate all amateur MMA, kickboxing, pankration and Muay Thai events.  In addition to the BCAC’s powers to regulate pro boxing and MMA, they will apparently now also regulate “any amateur boxing that occurs at a professional boxing or … More BC Legalizes Amateur MMA and Other Non-IOC Combat Sports

BC Commission Confirms Amateur Boxing, Taekwondo, Wrestling and Judo Presently Legal

As previously discussed, while there are a lot of amateur combat sports which are presently illegal in BC by operation of s. 83 of the Criminal Code, those amateur sports “on the programme of the International Olympic Committee or the International Paralympic Committee ” are currently legal.  These include Boxing, Taekwondo, Wresling and Judo. After bringing this … More BC Commission Confirms Amateur Boxing, Taekwondo, Wrestling and Judo Presently Legal

BC Government is “Actively Working” On Legislative Response to Bill S-209

A further legal change in BC Combat Sports law is expected shortly as a result of Bill S-209 making amateur combat sports illegal in BC.  Similar legislative shifts are likely also in the works throughout other Canadian jurisdictions.  The BC Government confirms, through the BC Athletic Commissioner, that they are “actively working” on a legislative … More BC Government is “Actively Working” On Legislative Response to Bill S-209

BC’s New Minister of Sport; Coralee Oaks

With all the dust settling from BC’s recent election the Government’s new cabinet was just announced. The new Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development is Coralee Oakes. Included in the Minister’s portfolio is the newly minted BC Athletic Commission. This is the Minister who is in the best position to address my voiced concerns … More BC’s New Minister of Sport; Coralee Oaks