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Qld govt to investigate combat sports risk

AAP logoAAP 18/08/2016 By David Sigston

The Queensland government will look at ways to improve the safety of combat sports in the state following the death of a boxer last year.

Braydon Smith, 23, died after a bout in Toowoomba in March of last year.

Sports Minister Curtis Pitt has asked the Finance and Administration Committee to submit a report to Parliament by December.

"I believe it's incumbent on any responsible government to consider a range of management models, including regulatory frameworks, to better promote participant health and safety of the industry," Mr Pitt said.

Queensland and the Northern Territory are the only Australian jurisdictions yet to regulate combat sports in some form, according to Mr Pitt.

The committee will consult with industry figures and also call for public submissions.

"Our focus is on the future of the industry and improving the safety of participants involved in contests which are considered high risk," Mr Pitt said.

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