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Sports Minister Calls On MMA Leaders To Safeguard Fighters


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The Minster for Sport, Shane Ross, is calling on those in leadership positions within the MMA  community to introduce best-practice safety and governance standards.

It follows the inquest into the death of 28 year old João Carvalho during a fight at the National Stadium in April 2016.

Yesterday the court heard the Portugese fighter suffered 41 blows to the head and was rushed to hospital unsecured on the floor of an ambulance because there was no stretcher, with a blockage in his airways.

Medics say there have since been major improvements to the supports provided at MMA events here.

Glen Ellis from Code Blue Medical explains there are now several vital supports in place.

"At a professional fight night in the 3Arena, you would have four emergency medical doctors including two consultants. You'd have a full resuscitation room which carries rapid sequence induction equipment and medication which enables a doctor to place a fighter in a coma to secure their airways"


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