1.1 In this Constitution, the following terms have the meanings ascribed to them in this article:
|means the European Muaythai Federation, a non-profit making continental organization, registered under the laws of France, comprising the Amateur Muaythai Associations of all European countries which accepted and agreed to abide by the articles herein;|
EMF Approved Events
|means any event, competition or tournament between National Federations or Athletes which is authorized and approved in accordance with the EMF Technical & Competition Rules;|
|means the administrative headquarters and staff of EMF based in the country of the elected General Secretary, or such other location as may be decided by the Executive Board;|
EMF Technical & Competition Rules
|means the rules governing technical and competition aspects of all events, competitions or tournaments organized or hosted by, or involving, EMF, or any National Federation, as determined by the Executive Board;|
|means an amount of EUR€ 300.00 due and payable by each National Federation to EMF annually as a membership fee, subject to amendment by a decision of the Congress in accordance with article 23;|
|means any person licensed or authorized by a National Federation to compete as an athlete in EMF/IFMA Approved Events;|
Code of Ethics
|means the code of ethical behaviour applicable to IFMA/EMF, each National Federation and any Official or Athlete affiliated to or recognized by any National Federation, which such code may be created, adopted or amended by the Executive Board in accordance with article 37;|
|means each commission having authority under these Statutes established in accordance with article 44 or article 37;|
|means the National Federations acting collectively in accordance with these Articles as the supreme legislative body of EMF;|
|means the rules and regulations governing disciplinary matters applicable to EMF, every National Federation and any Official or Athlete affiliated to every National Federation, which such rules and regulations may be created, adopted or amended by the Executive Board in accordance with article 37;|
|means the committee of persons appointed by the President to determine, in accordance with article 35, whether a candidate meets the conditions of eligibility set out in article 34, comprising the Chairman of the Ethics Commission, the Chairman of the Disciplinary Commission and the Chairman of the Reform Committee (or one other independent qualified legal counsel nominated by the Chairman of the Disciplinary Commission and the Chairman of the Ethics Commission);|
|means the commission established to govern the Code of Ethics and to make recommendations to the Executive Board and the Disciplinary Commission in respect of any alleged breach of the Code of Ethics;|
|means the body of persons elected by the National Federations and composed in accordance with article 33 to act as the executive organ of EMF;|
|means the person appointed as the Executive Director of EMF in accordance with article 39 having the duties and responsibilities set out in article 47;|
|means the person appointed as the Legal Counsel of EMF in accordance with article 33 having the duties and responsibilities set out in article 46;|
|means any legal entity that is admitted to membership of EMF in accordance with this Constitution;|
|means any Executive Board member, member of a commission, referee, judge, coach or trainer, technical delegate, jury member, international technical official, or president, vice president, secretary general, Executive Board member or other elected or appointed official of a National Federation or any other person responsible for technical, medical or administrative matters in EMF, or a National Federation;|
|means the person elected as the President of EMF in accordance with article 31 having the powers and duties set out in article 38 and elsewhere in these Statutes;|
|means the rules and regulations applicable to the conduct of disciplinary proceedings and appeal proceedings under the Disciplinary Code, which such rules and regulations may be created, adopted or amended by the Executive Board in accordance with article 37;|
|means any legal entity whose application for admission has been accepted by the Executive Board in accordance with article 9.1, but whose membership has not been ratified by the Congress in accordance with article 9.2;|
Technical & Rules Commission
|Means the commission appointed by the President having authority over matters falling under the EMF Technical & Competition Rules, subject to the ratification of such matters by the Executive Board;|
|means the person appointed as the Treasurer of EMF in accordance with article 33 having the duties and responsibilities set out in article 46;|
|means each person elected as a Vice President of EMF in accordance with article 33.|
1.2 In this Constitution, unless otherwise specified:
1.2.1 References to articles are references to the articles of this Constitution
1.2.2 References to a “person” shall be construed so as to include any individual, firm, company, corporation, body corporate, government, state or agency or a state, local or municipal authority or government body or any joint venture, association, federation, confederation or partnership (whether or not having separate legal personality)
1.2.3 A reference to any statue or statutory provision (including but not limited to, the EMF Bylaws, the EMF Technical & Competition Rules, the EMF Code of Ethics, the EMF Disciplinary Code and the EMF Procedural Rules) shall be construed as a reference to the same as it may have been, or may from time to time be, amended, modified or re-enacted
1.3 All headings and titles are inserted for convenience only. They are to be ignored in the interpretation of the articles of this Constitution.
2.1 EMF is an association governed in accordance with the laws of France.
2.2 This Constitution shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of France.
2.3 The duration of EMF is unlimited.
2.4 EMF office is located in Poland and may be transferred to another location following a decision adopted by the Executive Board.
The mission of EMF is to govern the sport of Muaythai in all its forms worldwide.
The objectives of EMF are in particular:
4.1 to make a contribution towards deepening friendship among nations and preserving peace in the Europe, fostering and promoting a true amateur spirit and friendship rivalry among nations;
4.2 to develop the regulations and to ensure their enforcement in championships and competitions in Europe organized by EMF, and every National Federation;
4.3 to ensure that all Europe competitions open to the every National Federations shall be organized and held under the articles in this Constitution;
4.4 to promote mutual respect among National Federations in their relations and the reciprocal recognition of penalties and suspensions;
4.5 to ensure that the income and property of the EMF shall be applied towards the promotion of the objects of this Constitution;
4.6 to strengthen friendship and mutual understanding among Athletes and to promote peace, as the most important condition for the existence of sports;
4.7 to protect and care for the safety and interest of Athletes;
4.8 to train and improve the quality and transparency of all Officials.
Discrimination on any ground such as gender, ethnicity, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, is strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension or expulsion in accordance with this Constitution, the EMF Bylaws, the Code of Ethics, the Disciplinary Code and Procedural Rules.
6.1 National Federations, EMF Subsidiaries, Officials, Athletes and any other person or organization subject to these Statutes must always comply with these Statutes, the EMF Bylaws, the EMF Technical & Competition Rules, the Code of Ethics, the Disciplinary Code and Procedural Rules, as well as to the Anti-Doping Rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
6.2 This Constitution, the constitution or bylaws of all National Federations, and EMF Subsidiaries must explicitly recognize the obligation created by article 6.1. In furtherance of this obligation, all National Federations and EMF Subsidiaries must ensure that there is a specific article in their constitution or bylaws governing such National Federations and EMF Subsidiaries which repeats the provisions of article 6.1 and applies such provisions to all Officials and Athletes recognized by such National Federations and EMF Subsidiaries.
6.3 In furtherance of article 6.1, each National Federation and EMF Subsidiary hereby undertakes to EMF, as a condition of their recognition as such under this Constitution, to take all such action as is required to ensure compliance with article 6.1 by any Official or Athlete affiliated to or recognized by that National Federation, or EMF Subsidiary, including (but not limited to) by enforcing any decision of the Executive Board, the Disciplinary Commission or any other Commission against any such Official or Athlete.
7.1 English shall be the official language of EMF.
7.2 English shall be the administrative language for minutes, correspondence, announcements and decisions of EMF, including all correspondence between EMF Subsidiaries, National Federations, the Executive Board, each Commission and the EMF Headquarters. National Federations shall be responsible for translations from English into the language of their country.
7.3 This Constitution, the EMF Bylaws, the EMF Technical & Competition Rules, the Code of Ethics, the Disciplinary Code and Procedural Rules will be translated from English into any other language at the discretion of the President from time to time. In the event of any discrepancy between such documents, the English text shall prevail.
7.4 Delegates at the Congress may speak in their mother tongue if the National Federation which appointed such delegate ensures that an interpreter is available to provide an interpretation into English. The interpreter must also be a validly appointed delegate of the relevant National Federation.
7.5 The meetings of the Executive Board shall be held in English. The meetings of each Commission shall be held in English.
8.1 Any legal entity which:
8.1.1 is responsible for governing the sport of Muaythai in its country; and
8.1.2 which has been admitted to membership in accordance with article 9 herein, is a National Federation recognized as a member of EMF and, subject to this Constitution, may exercise all such rights as are attributable to a National Federation.
8.2 EMF shall admit only one National Federation from each country. Any entity affiliated to a National Federation cannot be affiliated to EMF separately.
8.3 A National Federation cannot be affiliated to or recognized by any professional muaythai organization or body or any other world, continental, or international muaythai federation or association other than the World Muaythai Council or any relevant federation, association and/or organisation as approved by the Executive Board.
8.4 Maintaining admission to membership of EMF is the primary obligation of any National Federation. The obligations of a National Federation under this Constitution shall supersede the obligations of a National Federation to any other body, other than the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur.
9.1 Any legal entity may be admitted as a Provisional Member by a decision of the Executive Board.
9.2 A Provisional Member shall be admitted as a National Federation with full membership rights on a decision of the Congress ratifying the decision of the Executive Board to admit the Provisional Member.
9.3 A National Federation shall have its membership status cancelled if the National Federation:
9.3.1 resigns such membership;
9.3.2 is excluded from EMF by a decision of the Executive Board ratified by the Congress;
9.3.3 if the relevant legal entity comprising the National Federation is dissolved; or
9.3.4 fails to pay the Annual Fee by March 15 and/or by any other extended date as approved by the Executive Board.
10.1 An application to the Executive Board to be admitted as a Provisional Member must be sent to the EMF Headquarters and must include the following:
10.1.1 a copy of the governing statutes, constitution or bylaws of the applicant;
10.1.2 an official document of the competent authorities, such as the National Olympic Committee, Ministry of Sports and/or the Sports Council of the relevant country attesting that the applicant supervises and is the administrative entity of Muaythai in the relevant country and which confirms the identity of the members and officers of the applicant;
10.1.3 an undertaking by the applicant to comply with these Statutes, the EMF Bylaws, the EMF Technical & Competition Rules, the Code of Ethics, the Disciplinary Code and Procedural Rules, and to ensure that Officials, Athletes and other persons affiliated to the applicant shall so comply;
10.1.4 a summary of the past and present activities of the applicant with regard to the development of the sport of Muaythai in the relevant country; and
10.1.5 an application fee of EUR€ 1000.00 made payable to EMF.
10.2 The EMF Headquarters shall verify that each application for admission is complete and shall forward each application to the Executive Board for consideration. Admission as a Provision Member shall be at the discretion of the Executive Board.
11.1 An applicant shall acquire provisional membership rights and duties applicable to a Provisional Member on and from the date on which the Executive Board decides to admit the applicant as a Provisional Member.
11.2 A Provisional Member shall acquire full membership rights and duties applicable to a National Federation on and from the date on which the Congress ratifies the decision of the Executive Board and admits the Provisional Member as a National Federation.
12.1 National Federations shall have the following rights as full members of EMF:
12.1.1 to participate and vote during Congress;
12.1.2 to be informed in advance of the agenda of the Congress which will be convened in a timely manner as deemed necessary by the Executive Board;
12.1.3 to draw up proposals for inclusion in the agenda of Congress;
12.1.4 to nominate candidates for the positions of President, Vice President and Executive Board members;
12.1.5 to take part in EMF Approved Events and other competitions organized by EMF or any National Federation; and
12.1.6 to exercise all other rights arising from this Constitution, the EMF Bylaws, the EMF Technical & Competition Rules, the Code of Ethics, the Disciplinary Code and Procedural Rules.
12.2 Provisional Members have the following rights as provisional members of EMF:
12.2.1 to take part in EMF Approved Events and other competitions organized by EMF or any National Federation; and
12.2.2 to exercise all other rights arising from this Constitution, the EMF Bylaws, the EMF Technical & Competition Rules, the Code of Ethics, the Disciplinary Code and Procedural Rules.
12.3 For the avoidance of doubt, in regard to any right or benefit receivable by any National Federation or Provisional Member from EMF, the National Federations have priority to receive such rights and benefits ahead of the Provisional Members.
13.1 to abstain from any behaviour and/or acts which are determined by the Executive Board to be detrimental to EMF, ;
13.2 to comply fully with this Constitution, the EMF Bylaws, the EMF Technical & Competition Rules, the Code of Ethics, the Disciplinary Code and Procedural Rules, and, to the extent that such are in compliance with the foregoing, decisions of the Executive Board and each Commission, as well as the decisions of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS);
13.3 to ensure that their own members, clubs, Officials, Athletes, and any person or organization connected to the sport of boxing within their country complies with this Constitution, the EMF Bylaws, the EMF Technical & Competition Rules, the Code of Ethics, the Disciplinary Code and Procedural Rules;
13.4 to submit their statutes, constitution or bylaws (including an English translation of their statutes, constitution or bylaws if such statutes, constitution or bylaws are in a language other than English) to EMF for approval whenever such statutes, constitution or bylaws are adopted or amended, which such statutes, constitution or bylaws shall come into force only after receiving EMF approval and which shall not be subject to approval by any other external body; and
13.5 to pay the Annual Fee due and payable to EMF on January 15 of each year and must be paid by March 15.
14.1 The election and appointment processes adopted by each National Federation must be approved by EMF and each National Federation must prevent any and all external interference in their election and appointment processes. EMF may send an observer to the election at the discretion of the President or at the request of the National Federation (in which case the National Federation shall pay the costs and expenses of such observer).
14.2 Any person elected or appointed as an officer of the National Federation who is not selected in compliance with article 14.1 shall not be recognized by EMF.
14.3 Decisions passed by bodies that have not been elected or appointed in compliance with article 14.1 shall not be recognized by EMF.
15.1 By resigning, a National Federation losses its membership of EMF.
15.2 A National Federation may resign from EMF membership with immediate effect. Notice of resignation must be received by the EMF Headquarters.
17.1 A National Federation may be suspended in accordance with the Code of Ethics, the Disciplinary Code and Procedural Rules by the Executive Board or the Disciplinary Commission, if need be with immediate effect. The membership rights of a suspended National Federation shall automatically lapse during the suspension period, unless the Executive Board, on the proposal of the Disciplinary Commission determines otherwise. All decisions to suspend a National Federation will be reviewed by the Disciplinary Commission in the first instance in accordance with the Disciplinary Code and Procedural Rules.
17.2 All National Federations must not entertain any contact or any EMF business relations with a suspended National Federation. Any National Federation which violates this article 17.2 will be subject to a sanction in accordance with the Disciplinary Code.
17.3 Any National Federation not up to date with all Annual Fees due six (6) months before the Congress will automatically lose its rights in accordance with article 12.1 except for the right to participate in EMF Approved Events in accordance with article 12.1(E) (or article 12.2(A) in the case of a Provisional Member). After the Congress, rights will be granted back to the National Federation, but only upon payment of all Annual Fees due.
17.4 Any National Federation not participating in any of the EMF Approved Events listed in article 56.3 of these Statutes, during the period between two Ordinary Congresses up until one month before the new Congress, shall have no right to propose candidates, apply for positions and take part in the Congress, thus voting in the elections generally.
17.5 A National Federation shall be suspended if this National Federation is no longer performing as the governing body of the sport of Muaythai in its country as determined at the discretion of EMF.
18.1 If a National Federation is excluded, its membership rights shall automatically be cancelled.
18.2 A National Federation may be excluded by a decision of the Executive Board if the National Federation commits a severe violation of this Constitution, the EMF Bylaws, the EMF Technical & Competition Rules, the Code of Ethics, the Disciplinary Code and Procedural Rules. The Executive Board may, at its discretion, warn a National Federation that its conduct may lead to exclusion before making such decision. Any decision by the Executive Board to exclude a National Federation must be made subject to ratification by the Congress.
18.3 In circumstances where a National Federation has been excluded in accordance with the provisions of article 18, Athletes affiliated to such excluded National Federation, shall not be permitted to compete in EMF Approved Events, any other events of EMF Subsidiaries and/or any other events of other National Federations.
19.1 The Executive Board may recommend the title of honorary president or honorary member be bestowed upon any person for meritorious service to muaythai. Such recommendation must be subject to ratification by the Congress.
19.2 An honorary president or honorary member may attend the Congress as an observer and may speak in any debate, but does not have any voting right.
19.3 The Executive Board may develop an EMF Order of Merit and may award persons who have given exemplary service to EMF with an EMF Order of Merit in accordance with the procedures for selection set out in the EMF Bylaws.
20.1 National Federations that belong to the same continent have formed the following Federations, which are affiliated to EMF through IFMA:
20.1.1 European Muaythai Federation (EMF);
20.1.2 African Federation of Muaythai Amateur (AFMA);
20.1.3 Pan American Muaythai Union (PAMU);
20.1.4 Oceania Muaythai Federation (OMF).
20.2 EMF shall only recognize one Federation in each continent.
21.1 The legal bodies of EMF are the following:
21.1.1 the Congress;
21.1.2 the Executive Board;
21.1.3 the EMF Headquarters;
21.1.4 the Disciplinary Commission.
21.2 Commissions (other than the Disciplinary Commission) are not considered as legal bodies of EMF. Such Commissions shall only have the duties of recommending programs and plans to the Executive Board and participating in the implementation of those programs under the supervision of the EMF Headquarters as specified by the Executive Board from time to time.
22.1 The Congress is an assembly consisting of all eligible National Federations, which are members of EMF and shall be convened at least once every four years.
22.2 Each National Federation may be represented at the Congress by a maximum of two (2) appointed delegates. One (1) appointed delegate must be specified as the delegate who will vote on behalf of the relevant National Federation.
22.3 Delegates must hold office as the president, vice president, executive director, secretary general, Executive Board member, honorary president or honorary member of the relevant National Federation and must have been validly appointed in accordance with the applicable statutes, constitution or bylaws of that National Federation. The appointment of the delegate must be authorized in writing by the president of the National Federation. A delegate cannot represent more than one National Federation during the Congress.
22.4 The President, each Vice President, the Treasurer, the Legal Counsel and other Executive Board members, Executive Director, as well as administrative staff of EMF, are convened to the Congress. The Executive Board shall decide if any other participants are allowed at the Congress.
The Congress is the supreme body of EMF. The Congress has the following powers to:
23.1 adopt and/or amend this Constitution;
23.2 elect the President, each Vice President and the other Executive Board members every four years, and may, in an Extraordinary Congress convened in accordance with this Constitution, remove any such person from office by a majority of no-confidence;
23.3 appoint, on the recommendation of the Executive Board, a person as an honorary president or honorary member of EMF;
23.4 approve the minutes of the preceding Congress;
23.5 approve the consolidated and audited financial report;
23.6 decide the quantum of Annual Fees;
23.7 ratify the admission or exclusion of National Federations following the decisions of the Executive Board;
23.8 disband and/or dissolve EMF.
24.1 A Congress may be an Ordinary or an Extraordinary Congress.
24.2 An Ordinary Congress shall be held every four years.
24.3 The Executive Board may convene an Extraordinary Congress at any time, or shall convene it within a period of three months if one third of the National Federations make such a request in writing. The request must specify the items for the agenda and the proposal of solution with a sufficient explanation.
24.4 The Executive Board shall fix the place and date of the Congress. The National Federations shall be notified in writing at least four months in advance for an Ordinary Congress and three months in advance for an Extraordinary Congress. Date and place of the Congress, whether Ordinary or Extraordinary, may be changed due to unforeseen circumstances or in case of force majeure. In any such case, the Executive Board will decide of changes by means of an email vote.
24.5 At each Ordinary Congress the Executive Board shall submit an income and expenditure account and a balance sheet made up to date three months prior to the date of the Ordinary Congress. Such balance sheet shall be certified by at least one (1) qualified professional auditor.
25.1 The Executive Board shall determine the agenda of the Ordinary Congress. Each National Federation may submit to the Executive Board written proposals at least three (3) months before the date of the Congress. Such proposals must be supported in writing by at least five (5) other National Federations with a sufficient explanation of the rationale(s) for the proposals. The Executive Board may determine, at its sole discretion whether or not such proposals are appropriate to be considered by the Congress, and may include or exclude such proposals on the agenda as deemed fit by the Executive Board.
25.2 The Executive Board shall determine the agenda of the Extraordinary Congress if it is convened by the Executive Board. It is mandatory that the agenda includes the proposals of the National Federations if these National Federations have requested to hold an Extraordinary Congress.
25.3 The formal distribution of the agenda and any other documents related to the Congress shall be made available to all National Federations having fulfilled the terms and conditions stated in both article 17.3 and article 17.4 at least fourteen (14) days before the date of the Ordinary or Extraordinary Congress.
26.1 The President shall preside over the Congress.
26.2 For all matters requiring the counting of votes, the President may appoint up to five (5) scrutineers, to supervise the collation and counting of all votes cast at the Congress. The scrutineers shall coordinate with the EMF Headquarters for the organization of the voting procedure.
27.1 Each National Federation has one vote in the Congress and exercises its voting right through the vote cast by the appointed voting delegate.
27.2 The Treasurer, Legal Counsel, Executive Board members, and any honorary president or honorary members cannot vote, unless the Executive Board member has been validly appointed as a voting delegate by the relevant National Federation.
27.3 Voting by proxy or by letter shall not be permitted, unless otherwise permitted by the Executive Board. No delegate shall be forced to vote.
27.4 Elections shall be conducted by secret ballot.
27.5 Any decision that requires a vote shall be reached by a show of hands or by means of an electronic count or in any other way determined by the Executive Board. If a show of hands does not result in a clear majority in favour of a motion, the vote shall be taken a roll call of National Federations in alphabetical order.
29.1 Only the proposals stipulated in the agenda may be decided on by the Congress. However, in urgent and/or important cases, as the case may be, the President may, with the majority approval of the Congress, add an item to the agenda for the immediate determination of the Congress.
29.2 Unless otherwise stipulated in this Constitution, an absolute majority (half of the votes from National Federations present at the Congress plus one vote) of the votes recorded and valid is necessary for a ballot to be valid. A valid ballot to adopt or amend this Constitution is obtained when two-thirds of the valid votes recorded are in favour. Abstentions and invalid votes are disregarded in calculating a majority.
Decisions passed by the Congress shall come into effect immediately after the close of the Congress unless the Congress fixes another date or delegates the authority to fix another date to the Executive Board.
31.1 For the election of the President and Vice Presidents of EMF, the relative majority of the votes recorded and valid are sufficient, unless otherwise specified by the Executive Board. For any vote between two (2) or more candidates, the candidate who receives the highest number of votes will win the election.
31.2 For any other election, the relative majority of the votes recorded and valid are sufficient, unless otherwise specified by the Executive Board. The remaining positions are granted to the candidates who have obtained the highest number of votes. Whenever votes are equal, the President of the Congress shall have a casting vote.
33.1 The Executive Board shall consist of up to twelve (12) persons as follows:
33.1.1 one (1) President;
33.1.2 up to six (6) Vice Presidents;
33.1.3 up to three (4) Executive Board Members; and
33.1.4 one (1) General Secretary
all of whom are elected by Congress and/or appointed by the President in accordance with article 33.2
33.2 Subject to article 33.1, the Executive Board may appoint two (2) Vice Presidents and two (2) Executive Board members by majority of votes.
33.3 Upon nomination by the President, the Executive Board shall appoint a Treasurer and a Legal Counsel who will be invited to attend the Executive Board meetings but shall have no voting rights.
33.4 Exceptionally, the President may also nominate additional Executive Board members ad persona who, subject to the approval of the Executive Board, shall be entitled to participate in the Executive Board meetings but cannot vote.
34.1 Candidates for the Presidency must:
34.1.1 be able to communicate comprehensively in English;
34.1.2 have a record of serving in the immediate past Executive Board for a full four (4) years mandate as an Executive Board member and have recommendation of three (3) national federations, or be supported in writing by at least five (5) other National Federations;
34.1.3 be nominated by their respective National Federation, and hold office as a president, vice president, executive director, secretary general, Executive Board member, honorary president or honorary member of the National Federation, having been validly appointed in accordance with the applicable statutes, constitution or bylaws of the National Federation;
34.1.4 be able to prove to the reasonable satisfaction of the Election Committee that they have never been convicted of a criminal offence;
34.1.5 not have been sanctioned for a violation of these Statutes, the EMF Bylaws, the EMF Technical & Competition Rules, the Code of Ethics, the Disciplinary Code and Procedural Rules.
34.2 Candidates for the Vice Presidency and Executive Board must:
34.2.1 be nominated by their respective National Federation, and hold office as a president, vice president, executive director, secretary general, Executive Board member, honorary president or honorary member of the National Federation, having been validly appointed in accordance with the applicable statutes, constitution or bylaws of the National Federation;
34.2.2 for the Vice Presidency only, nominations shall be supported in writing by at least three (3) other National Federations;
34.2.3 be able to prove to the reasonable satisfaction of the Election Committee that they have never been convicted of a criminal offence; and
34.2.4 not have been sanctioned for a violation of these Statutes, the EMF Bylaws, the EMF Technical & Competition Rules, the Code of Ethics, the Disciplinary Code and Procedural Rules.
34.3 A National Federation may nominate the same person for both Vice President and for the Executive Board. A candidate nominated for the President shall not also be nominated as a Vice President or for the Executive Board.
34.4 All candidates running for the Presidency, Vice Presidency and the Executive Board must be present at the Congress or otherwise approved by the Executive Board.
34.5 The President, Vice President and the Executive Board members cannot hold any position in any outside professional Muaythai organizations. No member of an outside professional Muaythai organization can hold any position within EMF, as an Official or otherwise.
35.1 Sixty (60) days before the date of the Congress, the EMF Headquarters will inform all eligible National Federations of the positions that will be available for election. Applications must be received at the EMF Headquarters at least thirty (30) days before the date of the Congress. Nominations received at the EMF Headquarters after midnight on the closing date will not be taken into consideration.
35.2 The names of all proposed candidates must be sent to EMF by registered mail, together with all supporting documents or materials required to prove the eligibility of that candidate in accordance with article 34 herein.
35.3 Upon receipt of an application by a proposed candidate, the Election Committee will determine whether that proposed candidate meets the conditions of eligibility in accordance with article 34 herein. Candidates who satisfy the criteria in the opinion of the Election Committee will be approved and will be permitted to stand for election. Any candidate who does not satisfy the criteria in the opinion of the Election Committee will be denied and will not be permitted to stand for election.
35.4 The list of candidates approved by the Election Committee shall be sent to National Federations fifteen (15) days prior to the Congress.
36.1 The mandate of the President, Vice President and the Executive Board members shall be four years starting immediately after the end of the Congress at which they are elected.
36.2 A person may only serve as President for four (4) terms of office. Vice Presidents and Executive Board members have no limitation on the number of times they may hold office. The terms of office served by a Vice President or Executive Board member are not taken into account in determining the maximum terms of office if that Vice President or Executive Board member is elected President.
37.1 The Executive Board has in particular the powers to:
37.1.1 govern EMF in accordance with this Constitution;
37.1.2 implement the decisions passed by Congress;
37.1.3 ensure compliance with this Constitution, the EMF Bylaws, the EMF Technical & Competition Rules, the Code of Ethics, the Disciplinary Code and Procedural Rules;
37.1.4 prepare possible amendments to this Constitution to be submitted to the Congress for adoption;
37.1.5 develop specific regulations for the Commissions;
37.1.6 create, adopt, vary or amend the EMF Bylaws, the EMF Technical & Competition Rules, the Code of Ethics, the Disciplinary Code and Procedural Rules, in all cases subject to compliance with this Constitution but otherwise at the discretion of the Executive Board;
37.1.7 establish new Commissions, permanent or otherwise;
37.1.8 convene the Congress and formulate the agenda;
37.1.9 decide the place and dates of EMF major competitions;
37.9.10 approve expenditures which were not foreseen in the budget;
37.9.11 approve the annual budget, the annual accounts complemented by the external audit report;
37.9.12 suspend from office an Executive Board member or any other person, including any member of any Commission, any Official or any Athlete.
37.10 The powers that do not come within the sphere of responsibility of any other body under this Constitution will be attributed to the Executive Board.
38.1 The President shall represent EMF legally. The President shall be responsible for the relations among the Continental Federations, the National Federations, the International Olympic Committee, political bodies, other international sports federations and international organizations.
38.2 The President has the following duties, powers and rights:
38.2.1 implement the decisions passed by the Congress and the Executive Board;
38.2.2 convene meetings of the Executive Board;
38.2.3 preside over Congress;
38.2.4 prepare the President’s report to the Congress;
38.2.5 make decisions relating to EMF major competitions if necessary due to cancellations, postponement, relocations, etc.;
38.2.6 in extraordinary situations, make decisions on matters of importance which must be ratified by the Executive Board.
38.3 If the President is unable to exercise his powers for a prolonged period due to absence or illness, Executive Board should choose Vice President who replace the President, this is for a maximum of one (1) year until an Extraordinary Congress is called and a new President elected.
39.1 The General Secretary shall also represent EMF legally. The General Secretary may also be responsible for the relations among the Continental Federations, the National Federations, the International Olympic Committee, political bodies, other international sports federations and international organizations.
39.2 The General Secretary has the following duties, powers and rights:
39.2.1 implement the decisions passed by the Congress and the Executive Board;
39.2.2 appoint the Executive Director of EMF Headquarters;
39.2.3 supervise the work of the EMF Headquarters;
39.2.4 to control the bank account of EMF and make payments;
39.2.5 to represent the Executive Board of EMF at international events and/or meetings, as decided by the Executive Board;
39.2.6 to draft the agenda of Congress, Executive Board meetings and/or any other meetings, as the case may be;
39.2.7 to assist in the preparation of the minutes of meetings.
40.1 The Executive Board shall meet at least once a year. The President shall convene the meetings of the Executive Board. If one half of the Executive Board members request an extraordinary meeting of the Executive Board, the President must convene such a meeting.
40.2 The President and/or the General Secretary shall draw up the agenda for meetings of the Executive Board. Each Executive Board member has the right to add proposals to the agenda.
40.3 In principle, no other person except the Executive Board members can attend a meeting of the Executive Board. However, the President may invite third parties to meetings, whenever appropriate. Third parties do not have the right to vote.
41.1 The Executive Board can convene once minimum five (5) Executive Board members are present.
42.1 Each Executive Board member must either cast a positive or a negative vote or abstain. Only the Executive Board members taking part in the meeting are allowed to vote.
42.2 A simple majority is sufficient for a vote to be valid. Abstentions are disregarded in calculating the majority. The President shall cast the deciding vote in case of a tie.
42.3 The Executive Board shall fix the date for a decision to take effect.
42.4 Any Executive Board member who has a conflict of interest must abstain from voting on the conflicted agenda point. In doubtful situations, the President must decide on the right to vote of the concerned Executive Board member.
Only the President or the General Secretary may sign on behalf of EMF.
44.1 The following Commissions of EMF are established by this Constitution:
44.1.1 Referee and Judging Commission;
44.1.2 Finance Commission;
44.1.3 Medical Commission;
44.1.4 Youth Commission;
44.1.5 Legal Commission;
44.1.6 Press and Public Relations Commission;
44.1.7 Business Commission;
44.1.8 Ethics Commission;
44.1.9 Female Commission;
44.1.10 Safety and Equipment Commission;
44.1.11 Disciplinary Commission.
44.2 Each Commission may propose recommendations to the Executive Board.
44.3 The composition and specific duties of the individual Commissions shall be stipulated in special regulations adopted by the Executive Board.
44.4 Each Commission shall be responsible for recording the minutes of their meetings and transmitting them as well as their activity reports to the EMF Headquarters.
44.5 The members of the Commissions are not allowed to take any position in any outside amateur or professional Muaythai organization.
44.6 The Chairman of the Commission needs to be a qualified expert in the relevant field.
44.7 The articles of this Constitution herein relating to the Executive Board voting procedure shall apply to the Commissions. The Executive Director may attend any of the meetings of the permanent Commissions but cannot vote.
45.1 The judicial authority of EMF is the Disciplinary Commission.
45.2 The composition and specific duties of the Disciplinary Commission and the Executive Board in relation to judicial issues shall be stipulated in the Disciplinary Code and Procedural Rules approved by the Executive Board.
46.1 The Treasurer shall be responsible to:
46.1.1 coordinate with and advise the EMF Headquarters in relation to the preparation of the annual budgets;
46.1.2 assist in the preparation of the audited financial reports;
46.1.3 liaise with the auditors of EMF as required, and report to the Executive Board on the conduct of the audit;
46.1.4 provide assistance as required in relation to the management of the finances of EMF.
46.2 The Legal Counsel shall be responsible to:
46.2.1 review the Disciplinary Code and Procedural Rules and make recommendations for amendments to the Executive Board; and
46.2.2 assist the EMF Headquarters in all legal matters.
47.1 The EMF Headquarters shall comprise of the administrative staff and shall carry out all the administrative work of EMF under the direction of the Executive Director.
47.2 The EMF Headquarters shall be responsible for the day-to-day management of EMF and for the coordination of its different bodies and Commissions.
47.3 The EMF Headquarters shall be located in the country of residency of the President or General Secretary and it shall be run by a qualified person.
48.1 The Executive Director shall be responsible for organizing and managing the general administration of EMF.
48.2 The Executive Director shall be responsible for:
48.2.1 implementing decisions made by the Congress and the Executive Board in compliance with the President’s and/or the General Secretary’s directives;
48.2.2 managing and keeping the accounts of EMF Headquarters properly;
48.2.3 compiling the minutes for the meetings of the Congress, the Executive Board and the Commissions;
48.2.4 managing of all incoming and outgoing communications by EMF;
48.2.5 managing the relations with the Executive Board, National Federations and Commissions;
48.2.6 appointing and dismissing executives and general staff of the EMF Headquarters with the approval of the General Secretary.
49.1 The accounting period of EMF is from January 1 to December 31 of each year and the financial period will cover a period of 4 accounting periods.
49.2 The General Secretary, Executive Director and the Treasurer, with the assistance of the external auditor, are responsible for drawing up the consolidated accounts of EMF at the end of the 4 year financial period.
50.1 The expenditures in connection with the administration of EMF shall be paid from EMF funds.
50.2 EMF funds may be derived from sources including but not limited to income generated by negotiations of its rights, subsidies, legacies, results of fortune, Annual Fees, fines and/or any other source as the Executive Board may determine.
50.3 The guide for expenditure shall be from an annual estimated budget submitted by the President and/or General Secretary and approved by the Executive Board after review by the Finance Commission.
50.4 The travelling, accommodation and any other expenditure reasonably incurred in the course of carrying out the functions and/or business of EMF by the President, General Secretary, Executive Director, and any other representatives as approved by the Executive Board shall be paid in accordance with the financial regulations of EMF.
EMF accounts shall be managed following recognized international accounting principles and financial regulations of EMF.
52.1 EMF will be audited by a qualified, independent auditing firm. The President and/or General Secretary will appoint an external professional audit company in consultation with the Treasurer.
52.2 This independent auditing firm will audit the accounts approved by the Executive Board and prepare a report that the Executive Board will present to the Congress.
53.1 The Executive Board shall approve the EMF Technical & Competition Rules, following the recommendations of the Technical & Rules Commission, in regard to organizing international matches and competitions.
53.2 No international competition between three (3) or more National Federations from different shall take place without the prior permission of EMF.
53.3 The Executive Board shall decide the international calendar of the competitions and international events.
54.1 The Disciplinary Code and Procedural Rules developed, amended and approved by the Executive Board shall govern all disciplinary measures under this Constitution.
54.2 The Disciplinary Code will set a limitation period for prosecuting offences and executing disciplinary measures under this Constitution.
55.1 EMF recognizes the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), with headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, as the authority to resolve appeals against decisions made in accordance with the World Anti- Doping Code only. Every National Federation must recognize CAS as an independent judicial authority but, in this regard, in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code only. EMF, National Federations, Officials and Athletes must comply with the decisions passed by CAS.
55.2 Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in Article 55.1, EMF recognizes the jurisdiction of CAS in relation to any dispute covered by Rule 59 of the Olympic Charter. Every National Federation must recognize the jurisdiction of CAS in relation to any dispute covered by Rule 59 of the Olympic Charter. EMF, National Federations, Officials and Athletes must comply with the decisions passed by CAS in relation to disputes covered by Rule 59 of the Olympic Charter.
55.3 Recourse to ordinary courts of law is prohibited unless it is mandated by state law.
55.4 Appeals against decisions made in accordance with the World Anti- Doping Code must be filed in accordance with the provisions of the CAS Code of Sports-Related Arbitration. Appeals shall be lodged with CAS within thirty (30) days of notification of the written decision in question. The appeal shall not have an injunctive effect. The Disciplinary Commission or CAS may order the appeal to have injunctive effect.
55.5 CAS shall primarily apply this Constitution, the EMF Bylaws, the EMF Technical & Competition Rules, the Code of Ethics, the Disciplinary Code and Procedural Rules, as well as to the Anti-Doping Rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency, and shall secondarily apply Swiss law.
Every National Federation must comply fully with any decision passed by the Executive Board, Disciplinary Commission or any other Commission which such decisions are, according to this Constitution, final and not subject to appeal. Every National Federation shall ensure that their own Officials and Athletes comply with these decisions.
Any violation of this Constitution will be punished in compliance with the Disciplinary Code.
An Extraordinary Congress shall be required to dissolve EMF. The decision for dissolution must be supported by the votes of 75 per cent of the National Federations present and voting at the Extraordinary Congress.
In the event that EMF is disbanded, its assets shall be transferred to the government of the country in which its headquarters are situated. It shall hold these assets in trust until EMF is re-established.
60.1 This Constitution is adopted by the Congress on 21 of April 2012 in Antalya, Turkey and is effective immediately.
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