OTTAWA, June 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of
State (Sport), today issued the following statement welcoming Royal
Assent of Bill S-209, which will bring changes to the Criminal Code to
amend the definition of prize fight and expand the list of permitted
sports under prize fighting provisions:
"I am very pleased to announce that An Act to amend the Criminal Code (prize fights) has received Royal Assent.
"Sport has evolved and grown in importance in today's society, and
government policies, regulations, and legislation must evolve as well.
Until now, the Criminal Code definition of prize fighting had not been
updated since 1934, when boxing was the only combative sport
"Today, many combative sports are included on the programs of both the
International Olympic and Paralympic Committees and are governed by
international federations that establish standardized rules for their
sports. Other sports, such as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and
other mixed martial arts, are growing in popularity and are being
conducted under a governing set of rules for participants around the
"Our Government believes that authorized combative sports played under
an accepted set of international rules should not be deemed to be
explicitly illegal in Canada by the mere fact that they are combative
"We are pleased that the amendments to the Criminal Code reflect the
current reality of combative sports and provide provincial governments
and sport bodies with a clear legal framework to effectively regulate
combative sport in their jurisdictions."
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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