MMA or Pankration for the 2024 Olympic games?
The sports have already been selected for Rio 2016. It's probably a good thing as the Locals would have decimated the other countries.
What are the chances of seeing Olympic MMA for 2020 or 2024?
A few factors involved include needing an International Federation and atheletes Union to oversee the sport and enough countries participating. To enter a new event, said event needs to be showcased at an Olympics (2016?), after which they skip at least one Olympics to allow countries to train competitors. Thus, the shortest time period such that MMA can get into the Olympics between showcase and actual event is 8 years (2024).
For the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the IOC has picked rugby and golf as the extra sports, but Lorenzo has been working behind the scenes on the 2020 Games, for which a host nation has not yet been established: “We had lots of positive responses from members of the International Olympic Committee, including Carlos Nuzman. I know it will take some time to educate people but if you take a look at our sport, you can see it’s a combination of several Olympic sports: boxing, Greco-Roman wrestling, taekwondo and judo. That’s what mixed martial arts are.” http://www.graciemag.com/2012/01/lor...c-mma-in-2020/
What sort of "Safe" Ruleset could we expect for Olympic Tournament style competition? Would the striking end up more points based for example to prevent injuries.
One of IMMAF’s primary goals is to help MMA become and Olympic sport.
“In order to maintain the successful growth of our sport, it is important to invest in resources that will develop and cultivate it at an amateur level,” said UFC chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta. “Having an umbrella organization that will oversee and help build the sport on a global level will not only provide advanced and ever-improving safety standards, but will also create a unified global model to help introduce the sport to new markets. It is our hope that it will also take us one step closer to witnessing the inclusion of the sport of MMA on the Olympic programme.” http://www.mmaweekly.com/ufc-support...ic-aspirations