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Allow Canadian Amateur and Professional Fighters to Choose Their Own Destiny in Canada!

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In order to allow Canadian amateur and professional fighters to choose their own destiny in Canada, Section 83 (Prize Fights) of the Criminal Code of Canada needs to be abolished or at the very least re-written. The problem exists in the present inability of Section 83 of the Criminal Code of Canada to properly detail appropriate and attainable conditions in which amateur and professional fighters as well as fight promoters, referees, judges, medical professionals, insurance agents and event location establishments can take part in organized fights without risking unnecessary prosecution, legal expenses and financial liabilities.

Please see Section 83 (Prize Fights) of the Criminal Code of Canada below to better understand the reasons why it is necessary that this Section 83 be abolished or re-written with appropriate and attainable conditions that allow for fighters, promoters, affiliates and fans to participate in a combative sport of choice (ex. Mixed Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Jujitsu etc.) under Canadian law that governs and sanctions events for such in a fair and responsible manner.

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Latest News and Information in regards to Section 83 (Prize Fights) 

For the latest news and information outlining the many problems arising from Section 83 of the Canadian Criminal Code please read the following articles on the Combat Sports Law website:

https://combatsportslaw.com/2017/03/01/radio-interview-with-rob-breakenridge-talking-illegal-prizefighting-in-canada/

https://combatsportslaw.com/2017/02/08/quebec-government-confirms-amateur-muay-thai-and-kickboxing-illegal/

https://combatsportslaw.com/2017/02/26/quebec-declares-amateur-bjj-events-illegal-under-the-criminal-code/

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Section 83 of the Canadian Criminal Code (Prize Fights)
http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-46/section-83.html

Marginal note: Engaging in Prize Fight

83 (1) Every one who

(a) engages as a principal in a prize fight,
(b) advises, encourages or promotes a prize fight, or
(c) is present at a prize fight as an aid, second, surgeon, umpire, backer or reporter,

is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

Definition of prize fight

(2) In this section, prize fight means an encounter or fight with fists, hands or feet between two persons who have met for that purpose by previous arrangement made by or for them, but does not include

(a) a contest between amateur athletes in a combative sport with fists, hands or feet held in a province if the sport is on the programme of the International Olympic Committee or the International Paralympic Committee and, in the case where the province’s lieutenant governor in council or any other person or body specified by him or her requires it, the contest is held with their permission;

(b) a contest between amateur athletes in a combative sport with fists, hands or feet held in a province if the sport has been designated by the province’s lieutenant governor in council or by any other person or body specified by him or her and, in the case where the lieutenant governor in council or other specified person or body requires it, the contest is held with their permission;

(c) a contest between amateur athletes in a combative sport with fists, hands or feet held in a province with the permission of the province’s lieutenant governor in council or any other person or body specified by him or her; and

(d) a boxing contest or mixed martial arts contest held in a province with the permission or under the authority of an athletic board, commission or similar body established by or under the authority of the province’s legislature for the control of sport within the province.

R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 83;
R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), s. 186;
2013, c. 19, s. 1.

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