Bill banning minors in contact sports filed

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    WILL the country’s grassroots programs on combat sports become futile?

    Ako Bicol party-list Representatives Alfredo Garbin Jr. and Elizaldy Co have filed House Bill No. 1526 titled “An Act Banning Minors from Full-Contact Competitive Sports” which seeks to “prohibit the participation of minors in competitive full-contact sports such as boxing, mixed martial arts, jiu jitsu, muay thai, judo, and various forms of full-contact karate.”

    Full-contact sports was defined in the bill as “any sport for which significant physical impact force, whether deliberate or incidental, on players is allowed for within the rules of the game. It includes but is not limited to boxing, mixed martial arts, jiu jitsu, muat thai, judo, and various forms of full-contact karate.”

    The bill, if passed into a law, will bar athletes 18 years and below from participating in any full-contact sport competitions, with penalties to be imposed on their parents, guardians, sports associations, organizations, event organizers, schools, and sports educational institutions if and when proven guilty.

    Penalties include P50,000 for first offense, P100,000 and/or revocation of business permit for second offense, and P200,000 and/or closure of the establishment for third offense.

    “While acknowledging the importance, benefits, and values that can be derived from participating in these sports, this bill also recognizes the paramount need to protect the minors,” the bill stated.

    “Such responsibility is imposed on parents, guardians, schools, and sports associations because the minors are incapacitated to give consent nor can they waive any right of action for injuries inflicted upon them during and in connection with such activities.”