WORLD OBSTACLE GOVERNANCE
World Obstacle’s top-level executive branch, the Central Board’s role is to supervise the practice of obstacles sports worldwide. It is composed of the President, the Vice President, the Secretary-General and the Treasurer, the President of each Continental Confederation and 13 additional members of the Continental Confederations. Continental Confederation representatives must include at least one female. The Central Board may also co-opt additional members for the vision, skill and special expertise that they will bring to the sport.
The Central Board appoints the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General. The term of office of the Central Board is four years, beginning after the last day of each elective Congress. The Central Board reports to the Congress. It holds two ordinary meetings annually. If deemed necessary, the President and Secretary-General may also call extraordinary meetings.
President: Mr. Ian Adamson, Australia
Vice President: Mr. Marcial Luthy, Switzerland
Athlete Representative: Ms. Lindsay Webster, Canada
Secretary-General: Mr. Matthew Joynes, United Kingdom
Deputy Secretary-General: Ms. Jessica Agra, Philippines
Treasurer: David Lim, Singapore
Africa: Mr. Claude Eksteen, South Africa
Americas: Mr. Robert Stull, United States of America
Asia-Pacific: Mr. Alberto C. Agra, Philippines
Europe: Ms. Malin Spang, Sweden
Ms. Ksenia Shoygu
Mr. Mohammed Iqbal
Mr. Joe De Sena
Mr. Bob Clark
Mr. Nate More
Mr. Bob Clark
ARTICLE 1: NAME AND AUTHORITY
1.1 The Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles (the “FISO”) is an independent association composed of national member federations worldwide, as provided for under Chapter 2 of these FISO General Statutes.
1.2 FISO is the sole competent authority for obstacle sports and related disciplines throughout the world (Obstacle Sports) and is working toward meeting the requirements for recognition as specified by SportAccord and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
1.3 FISO maintains absolute political and religious neutrality and does not tolerate any form of discrimination.
1.4 All bodies and officials of FISO must observe the FISO General Statutes, the FISO Internal Regulations, other rules and regulations, and decisions of FISO.
ARTICLE 2: HEADQUARTERS AND PLACE OF JURISDICTION
2.1 The FISO headquarters shall be established in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Central Board may determine a different postal address at the domicile of a member of the Central Board.
2.2 FISO is subject to the laws of Switzerland and shall be organised as an association in accordance with art. 60 ff. of the Swiss Civil Code.
ARTICLE 3: NON-PROFIT ORGANISATION
3.1 FISO is a non-profit-making organisation and does not pursue any objective for its own gains. It shall pursue solely and directly objectives of general interest in accordance with the laws of Switzerland. The financial resources of FISO may be used only in pursuit of the objectives laid down in these FISO General Statutes.
3.2 To the extent that compensation or reimbursement of expenses is paid to individuals, it must be appropriate, justified and related to FISO’s objectives.
3.3 FISO has established reserve funds and uses such funds in accordance with the laws of Switzerland. The Central Board decides the policy on the usage of the reserves.
ARTICLE 4: OBJECTIVES
4.1 The principal objective of FISO is to promote Obstacle Sports throughout the world and to lead the Obstacle Sports movement as recognised by the International Olympic Committee. FISO’s objective is to:
a) Control, regulate, supervise and direct, and to foster, encourage and advance Obstacle Sports and the practice of men’s and women’s Obstacle Sports in all its forms and in all age groups in every country worldwide;
b) Manage Obstacle Sports throughout the world through participation, development, competition, and commercial means;
c) Ensure that Obstacle Sports throughout the world is carried on in a manner which allows the sport to be competitive and fair;
d) Formulate or adopt and implement appropriate policies in relation to discrimination, sexual harassment, equal opportunity, equity, drugs and doping, health, safety, infectious diseases, and such other matters as arise from time to time as issues to be addressed in Obstacle Sports;
e) Adopt, formulate, issue, interpret, implement and amend from time to time such rules (including the official rules of the sport) and regulations as are necessary for the control and conduct of Obstacle Sports throughout the world;
f) Allocate and control the conduct and administration of all official international competitions at the national team and club level;
g) License and/or endorse the conduct and management of international Obstacle Sports competitions or sports where this is in the interests of furthering its mission and role;
h) Establish and maintain a FISO Obstacle Sports judicial system, providing processes for the appeal of decisions and the settlement of disputes;
i) Pursue itself or through another entity commercial arrangements, including sponsorship and marketing opportunities and commercial arrangements in relation to FISO’s intellectual property, as are appropriate to further its mission and role;
j) Provide for the representation of FISO at international events which will extend and enhance its control and management of Obstacle Sports throughout the world;
k) Promote the recognition of Obstacle Sports as the world’s leading mass participation and televised sports;
l) Do all that is reasonably necessary to enable its mission and role to be achieved and to enable the national member federations to receive the benefits which FISO’s mission and role are intended to achieve;
m) Co-operate with, join with, and/or support any association, organisation, foundation, society or individual where the activities or purposes are similar to those of FISO or which advance Obstacle Sports throughout or in specific parts of the world;
n) Have regard to the public interest in its operations; and
o) Undertake and/or do all such things or activities as are necessary, incidental or conducive to the advancement of its mission and role.
ARTICLE 5: RULES AND REGULATIONS
In addition to the FISO General Statutes, FISO may regulate Obstacle Sports activities worldwide through the enactment of the FISO Internal Regulations, other rules and regulations, and decisions.
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