State support of violence reprehensible – AMA (WA)

State support of violence reprehensible – AMA (WA)

Tuesday 31 October 2017


The State Government should be embarrassed by its financial support of cage-fighting in Western Australia, the Australian Medical Association (WA) said today.


“It’s one thing to bend to the pressure of the UFC snake oil salesmen and reintroduce cage fighting to WA, but to actively support and promote such a barbaric sport using taxpayers money is a stain on the otherwise good record of Tourism WA,” AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid said.


“I find it particularly interesting that the State Government has not indicated just how much money will be spent on this celebration of blood sport.


“Cage-fighting has no place in modern society. The State Government should not be financially endorsing a spectacle that celebrates the brain damage of its participants.


“We know that these events coincide with spikes of violence and antisocial behaviour – how can the Government promote violence on one day and condemn it the next?


“We are bitterly disappointed that the State Government has been conned by the rhetoric pushed by the UFC, all for a short term cash injection.


“Other contact sports are trying to limit the number of concussions and working on avoidance strategies – in MMA concussions are celebrated.


“You cannot train your brain to handle concussions, and you cannot cure the diseases that result – like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.


“The AMA (WA) will continue its opposition to MMA, and urges all West Australians to vote with their wallets by giving this barbaric event a wide berth,” Dr Khorshid said.

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