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SAMBO Rules
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Open Letter from FIAS Vice President Mr. M.G.Shultz
During more than three years the direction of FIAS represented by its president Shestakov V.B. tries to create private commercial organization using the platform created during long-time history of development called SAMBO.
Essentially it is an attempt of theft, probably, with the aim of further sell of our kind of sport. For this it is used the tactics of defamation of people and organizations that occupied with sambo development throughout their life. These are attempts of liquidation or compulsion to sell famous successful projects in Sambo.
Read more...
[May 19, 2013]

Results and Statistics of 2013 Pan-Am Open SAMBO Championship
(Metuchen, NJ)

   Our Winners

   Championship Statistic

    [May 6, 2013]

!!! Update !!!
USA Open & Pan-American SAMBO Championship - Invitation and Regulations

[April 21, 2013]

Weigh-In locations
Saturday May 4, 2013 from 6:00 8:00 PM
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We have reserved a preferred rate of $109+tax for SAMBO Tournament participants. Please contact Hotel representative for details.
For Reservations: +1 877 834 3613


Saturday May 4, 2013 from 4:00 5:30 PM
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Meeting of FIAS Executive Committee - what's new?
We are forwarding to your attention the materials to the issues on Agenda of the FIAS EB meeting held on the 22.03.2013 in Moscow, which had been planned to, but were not correspondingly reviewed ...
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[March 24, 2013]

Pan-American Federation Congress
The Congress of the Pan-American Amateur SAMBO Federation was held in Punta-Cana, Dominican Republic. Five representatives out of 7 its official Members have been presented. The 6th official Member - the Panama, provided its voice with the power of attorney. Presidents and other members of the National Federations discussed the past results, the present issues and the future positive developments of SAMBO in to the American continent
Read more...
[March 4, 2013]


VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE
Latest coomunications from various National SAMBO Federations in response to inadequate actions taken by President of FIAS, Mr. V.Shestakov.
Read more...
[February 10, 2013]

USA Open & Pan-American SAMBO Championship - Invitation and Regulations have been published
[January 5, 2013]

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[October 15, 2012]
World Championship among masters
[October 21, 2012]
XXXVI World Sports and Combat Sambo Championships adults
[November 12, 2012]
World Cup among students
[December 03, 2012]

Birthday of FIAS Vice President Dr. Jack Kogan
[October 5, 2012]

International Sports Games "CHILDREN OF ASIA"
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[July 6, 2012]

Sport will join the Republic of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Republic of Rwanda
[July 4, 2012]

We congratulate all the sports journalists on their professional holiday!
[July 2, 2012]

Results of A. Astakhov Memorial World Cup Stage
[July 2, 2012]

SAMBO in CHILDREN OF ASIA Program of International Sports Games
[June 29, 2012]

A week of SAMBO in Morocco
[June 26, 2012]

Picture from SAMBO Tournament Wins the Grand Prix of International Photo Contest
[June 25, 2012]

Fedor Emelianenko has retired from MMA, but will continue to compete in SAMBO
[June 22, 2012]

Yuri Potapov Memorial in Vladivostok
[June 22, 2012]

Ivan Egorov is appointed as Adviser to the FIAS President
[June 21, 2012]

The FIAS President visited the capital of the Universiade 2013 as part of a working trip
[June 20, 2012]

Asian SAMBO Championship: New leaders and new opportunities for the Asian SAMBO
[June 20, 2012]

SAMBO'S CANADIAN EXPERIENCE
[June 1, 2012]

Results of the International tournament Paris Grand Prix
[May 31, 2012]

SAMBISTS of the CARRIBEAN
[May 31, 2012]

Video of the best moments of the European Championship 2012
[May 28, 2012]

SAMBO Legends in Moscow
[May 23, 2012]

Birthday of Lord Simon Reading
[May 22, 2012]

Europe Championship: the Final Day
[May 21, 2012]

Europe Championship: Day Two
[May 20, 2012]

European Championship: Day First
[May 19, 2012]

We congratulate Sergey Eliseev on the election as the President of European SAMBO Federation
[May 18, 2012]

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Only a Few Days Left until the European SAMBO Championship in Moscow
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[May 10, 2012]

SAMBO in program of Summer Universiade 2013 in Kazan
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SAMBO at the Seminar of European Olympic Committees
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World Cup 2012 for Juniors and Youth: Preparations Have Begun!
[April 20, 2012]

Love to SAMBO has no bounds: Review of the National Championships in Asia. Part two
[April 12, 2012]

Love to SAMBO has no bounds: Review of the National Championships in Asia. Part one
[April 11, 2012]

Results of European SAMBO Championship in Bucharest (Romania)
[April 10, 2012]

Vasily Shestakov: interview on the occasion of his birthday
[April 9, 2012]

Best moments of "Kharlampiev Memorial" on Sports Hub
[April 9, 2012]

Valery Safronov passed away
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Birthday of FIAS President Vasily Shestakov
[April 4, 2012]

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[March 30, 2012]

SAMBO World Cup Stage "A. Kharlampiev Memorial" at the Sports Hub
[March 30, 2012]

SAMBO and the British Commonwealth
[March 29, 2012]

A. Kharlampiev Memorial World Cup Stage - First Two
[March 26, 2012]

A. Kharlampiev Memorial World Cup Stage - First Day
[March 25, 2012]

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[March 23, 2012]

A. Kharlampiev Memorial World Cup Stage - for the Media
[March 21, 2012]

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SAMBO seminars in Cameroon
[March 7, 2012]

Yakub Koblev passed away
[March 5, 2012]

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[March 5, 2012]

The Triumph of Belarusian Samb-athletes
[February 24, 2012]

International A-Category Tournament in the Prizes of the President of Republic of Belarus
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XII International Research and Practice Conference in the memory of Professor Evgeniy Mikhaylovich Chumakov "SAMBO WALKS THE PLANET"
[February 17, 2012]

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[February 15, 2012]

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[January 10, 2012]

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[December 7, 2011]

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[July 4, 2011]

Mr. Jean Isao SATO Departure
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FIAS Executive Board Meeting
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V President of the Russian Federation Cup in Sambo. Results
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[April 13, 2011]

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The International Amateur SAMBO Federation (FIAS)

S T A T U T E

Adopted at the FIAS Congress

held in Kstov (Russia) on November 11th, 1993

Revisions: 2.11.1996 Tokyo Congress
18.10.1998 Kaliningrad
19.10.2001 Krasnoyarsk
14.04.2005 Moscow
05.11.2006 Sofia
09.11.2007 Prague
13.11.2008 St.-Petersburg

Table of contents

Pages

I. AIMS AND COMPOSITION OF THE FEDERATION

1. Name3
2. Aims3
3. Headquarters, Official languages, Flag and Emblem4
4. Composition. Continental Federations4
5. Affiliation5
6. Finances6
7. Loss if FIAS membership6
8. Participation in competitions6
9. Doping

6

II. THE CONGRESS

10. Composition7
11. Voting7
12. Operation7
13. Validity of decisions8
14. Rights and Role of the Congress8
15. Extraordinary Congress

9

III. ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATION

16. Composition of the Executive Board9
17. Eligibility9
18. Duration of mandate9
19. Structure, Powers and Operation10
20. The President, his election and his role10
21. The General Secretary11
22. The Treasurer12
23. The Commissions

12

IV. REGULATIONS ON INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

24. General principles. Representation13
25. International events

13

V. SPECIAL PROVISIONS

26. Recourse14
27. Property and Remuneration14
28. Internal regulations14
29. Statutory principle14
30. Dissolution of FIAS14

I. AIMS AND COMPOSITION OF THE FEDERATION

1. NAME

"Federation International Amateur de SAMBO" (FIAS) is unique (sole), the only recognized international organization entitled to manage and develop SAMBO around the word.
FIAS not governmental, not commercial (not for profit) organization, uniting national SAMBO federations.
SAMBO is the acronym derived from the Russian "self-defense without weapons" (samozaschita bez oruzhiya). The word "SAMBO" should be written in capital letters.
The FIAS is established on the 13th of June1984 in Madrid (Spain) as a non-profit sports organization in accordance with laws of Spain.
The FIAS is registered in August2006 in New-York state (USA) as a non-profit sports organization in accordance with laws of USA.

2. AIMS

The aims of FIAS are as follows:

2.1 Promote the development of the sport of SAMBO around the world. To this end, FIAS must contact all official organizations and individuals susceptible to contribute to this effort, at the technical as well as at the administrative and financial levels.

2.2 Stimulate relations and bonds of friendship and support the peaceful coexistence between the National Federations and its members, while respecting the interests of all.

2.3 Establish and promote the international SAMBO regulations adopted by FIAS.

2.4 Regulate SAMBO, as practiced by all its affiliated federations or associations, and ensure that SAMBO regulations are adhered to at World championships, World Cups, Continental competitions and International events which, without exception, are held under its control.

2.5 Select, train, improve and oversee the activities of judges and referees, as well as that of technical and administrative personnel.

2.6 Represent SAMBO and defend its interests at the levels of the National Olympic Committees, the International Olympic Committee and the other international sports organizations.

2.7 Take an impartial decision in case of dispute or differences of opinion occurring between affiliated nations during the practice of SAMBO.

2.8 Prohibit itself from taking part, and declare itself opposed to any debate or any political, racial or religious discrimination.

2.9 Help National SAMBO Federations to be recognized by their National Olympic Committees and seek the recognition of FIAS by the International Olympic Committee.

3. HEADQUARTERS, OFFICIAL LANGUAGES, FLAG AND EMBLEM

3.1 The duration of the legal personality of FIAS is unlimited. Its administrative headquarters are located in Moscow (Russia).

The administrative headquarters may be transferred to another city or another country, if circumstances warrant it, upon decision by the Executive Board, ratified by the Congress.

3.2 Any official FIAS document bearing the signature of the President or that of the General Secretary must be considered as a fully legal document.

3.3 The official languages of FIAS are English, Russian and French. In the event of a disagreement arising from the interpretation of the statutes, rules or regulations, the Russian text shall prevail.

3.4 The FIAS Flag represents logo FIAS at the centre of a rectangular on a light-blue background with inscriptions " " above the logo and "Federation International Amateur SAMBO" under the logo.

3.5 The FIAS emblem, reproduced on the yellow background of the flag, shows two SAMBO athletes in action, the two parts of the globe and the acronym FIAS, encircled by a crown of laurels.

4. COMPOSITION CONTINENTAL FEDERATIONS

4.1 FIAS is composed of National Federations, managing SAMBO in their respective countries, being the Continental Federations members, recognize the FIAS Statutes, and have satisfied the affiliation requirements.

4.2 Each country shall be represented by only one National Federation. The latter shall be recognized by its National Olympic Committee or its highest National sports authority.

4.3 FIAS may have Honorary members.

The title of Honorary Member may be given by the FIAS Congress upon proposal by the Executive Board or a National Federation to any person, organization or group having rendered special services to the sport of SAMBO and to FIAS, according to the FIAS Regulations concerning the honorary status.

4.4 Continental Federations (CF) are composed of National Federations (NF) affiliated with FIAS and belonging to the continent, as determined by the international geographic boundaries. National Federations are subject to the principles established by the Continental Federations to which they belong.

Continental Federations shall operate under their own Statutes, governed by its Continental management, which do not contradict FIAS Statutes and Regulations.

Continental Federations possess their own structures and management body responsible for the development and the practice of SAMBO on their continent.

4.5 The Presidents of Continental Federations shall be members of the Executive Board of FIAS as Vice-Presidents.

4.6 Continental Federations determine their own Championships, World Cups and sites of International competitions. They organize their activities in accordance with those of FIAS.

4.7 FIAS may accept the associative members - organizations or private persons, which render the practical help for SAMBO development.
The associative members have the right of a deliberative vote and can be elected by the FIAS Congress upon the recommendation of the respective National SAMBO Federation, or FIAS Executive Committee.

5. AFFILIATION

5.1 Any National Federation of any country formed according to the requirements of its own country may become member of FIAS, provided that:

- a written request is submitted, duly signed by its President and its General Secretary
- it possesses an official attestation issued by the National Olympic Committee or the highest Sports authority of its country
- the FIAS Affiliation form is duly completed
- it states, in writing, its intention to abide by the FIAS Statutes and Regulations
- it agrees to pay the dues, as determined by the FIAS financial regulations
- it provides a written agreement to pay the FIAS fees, as per the FIAS regulations
- it has the approval of its Continental Federation

5.2 The resulting file will be examined by the Executive Board which will then present it to the FIAS Congress, the only body empowered to grant membership.

However, if several federations in the same country practice SAMBO, as governed by FIAS, only one may become member of FIAS.

5.3 In the event that the federation wishing to become a member of FIAS is not recognized by the National Olympic Committee or the highest Sports authority of its country, the Executive Board of FIAS reserves the right to decide and judge the case on an individual basis.

5.4 Full members of FIAS have the right to attend and speak at all Congress meetings. They may nominate their candidates for the positions of Officers, and vote on all questions presented.

5.5 National Federations Presidents represent the interests of their respective countries at FIAS.

5.6 If a question concerning a particular National Federation is being evaluated, its national representative does not have the right to participate at the debate.

6. FINANCES

The finance means of FIAS are formed by various, fees. They include:

  1. FIAS membership entry fee
  2. annual FIAS membership fee
  3. various benefits fees
  4. advertising rights for FIAS attribute items usage
  5. permits for organizing championships, international tournaments
  6. various license fees
  7. events participation registration fee
  8. penalties
  9. investments, other resources or stocks profit
  10. gifts and bequests

Except in case of flagrant error, the various dues, taxes, fees, fines and charges become the property of FIAS and shall not be reimbursed under any circumstances.

7. LOSS OF FIAS MEMBERSHIP

7.1 FIAS membership may be lost:

- upon resignation
- upon cessation of SAMBO activity
- upon expulsion by the Executive Board, according to the conditions determined by the disciplinary regulations for:

- contravening regulations concerning payment of FIAS dues and cost of membership
- absence of activity related to the development of SAMBO
- violation of the Statutes and Regulations
- refusal to comply with the FIAS decisions

7.2 The decision to withdraw the membership of a federation may only be taken by the Congress, with a majority of at least two-thirds of the votes.

8. PARTICIPATION TO COMPETITIONS

8.1 Only high level athletes, recommended by National Federations are permitted to participate in international competitions

9. DOPING

9.1 The use of any substance designed to artificially increase the performance of an athlete is strictly forbidden.

9.2 At events taking place under the jurisdiction of FIAS participants, officers and officials shall not oppose Doping control testing.

9.3 The decision, concerning sanctions in relation to athletes, officials, federations, violated the Anti-doping rules shall be taken due to the World Anti-doping Code regulations and WADA decisions.

II. THE CONGRESS

10. COMPOSITION

Congress is the ruling body of FIAS which is mainly responsible for dealing with the important questions concerning the development of SAMBO, the election of the members of the Executive Board, the President and the Control and Revision Commission. It is composed of representatives from each of the affiliated federations, members of the Executive Board and members of the Control and Revision Commission.

Affiliated countries may send to the Congress a maximum of three representatives, each possessing a mandate but only one having the right to vote.

11. VOTING

Every affiliated country has the right to one vote, provided its FIAS dues are in order.

Any affiliated country unable to participate at the Congress shall have the right to be represented by delegating its vote to a member of the Executive Board or to another federation participating at the Congress.

12. OPERATION

12.1 The FIAS Congress shall take place on the day, preceding the World Championship (Sports and combat SAMBO among Adults). An Election Congress shall meet every four years. Congress shall be presided by the President or in his absence by the General Secretary. Election meetings shall be presided by the General Secretary.

12.2 Before the opening of the Congress country representatives shall present their credentials, duly signed and bearing the official seal of their federation, to the appropriate authorities.

12.3 The Congress deliberates on all questions included in the agenda, as confirmed by the Executive Board and sent to all federations one month ahead. During the Congress, if requested by more than half of the representatives from affiliated countries, additional questions may be included in the agenda.

12.4 Items which affiliated countries wish to have included in the agenda must reach the Executive Board two months before the date of the Congress.

12.5 Urgent questions proposed by the Executive Board and requiring consideration by National Federations shall be sent to them one month before the date of the Congress.

12.6 The Minutes of the session of the Congress, signed by the General Secretary and the President, shall be sent to the affiliated countries within two months, and submitted for approval at the next Congress.

13. VALIDITY OF DECISIONS

13.1 Decisions are taken upon obtaining a majority. However, for decisions to take effect the Congress must be composed of at least half the representatives from affiliated countries having the right to vote.

For personal matters, voting shall be cast by secret ballot.

13.2 In case of equal number of votes by secret ballot, the secret ballot shall be considered invalid.

14. RIGHTS AND ROLE OF THE CONGRESS

The Congress is the ruling body of FIAS. It convenes to debate important questions concerning the development of SAMBO and to elect officers.

The Congress is vested with the following powers:

-- Elect the President, the members of the Executive Board and those of the Control and Revision Commission and revoke their status at any time
-- Approve the reports presented by the President, General Secretary, Treasurer, Control and Revision Commission, and others
-- Approve requests for affiliation and terminate the membership of a FIAS member
-- Ratify internal regulations
-- Examine and approve the decisions made by the Executive Board and the President
-- Resolve all questions and proposals of general interest submitted by National Federations concerning the development of SAMBO, as defined by the present Statutes and by decisions taken at previous proceedings
-- Examine and approve candidates for official FIAS competitions: World Championships, World Cups (countries), World Cups (clubs)
-- Approve amendments to the FIAS Statutes
-- Determine fees and other sources of revenue for FIAS
-- Deliberate and approve the budget
-- Name Honorary members: Honorary member of FIAS, Honorary member of the Executive Board, Honorary Vice-President of FIAS and Honorary President of FIAS
-- Approve the SAMBO regulations
-- Deliberate on all questions submitted by the Executive Board

15. EXTRAORDINARY CONGRESS

An extraordinary Congress may be called provided it is done in writing and is requested by at least fifty percent of the affiliated countries or fifty percent of the Vice-Presidents. These requests, duly motivated, shall be addressed and submitted to the President and the General Secretary, and shall be decided upon by the Executive Board.

During such a Congress questions not included in the agenda shall not be examined.

An Extraordinary Congress shall, in all cases, be called in the city proposed by the Executive Board of FIAS.

III. ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATION

16. COMPOSITION OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

16.1 The Executive Board is composed of 13 members.

16.2 The Executive Board includes: the President, the General Secretary, the Vice-Presidents and the Treasurer.

16.3 If a member of the Executive Board resigns, he shall not automatically be replaced by a member of the same National Federation.

More than two members of the same nationality shall not be part of the Executive Board.

17. ELIGIBILITY

17.1 Are eligible to the Executive Board, the President of a National Federation or a candidate presenting a written recommendation issued by his National Federation.

18. DURATION OF MANDATE

18.1 The duration of the mandate for elected members of the Executive Board is four years.

18.2 Any vacancy within the Executive Board, due to resignation, shall be addressed at the next Congress.

18.3 The term of newly elected members shall end on the expiration date of the replaced members mandate.

18.4 All members of the Executive Board are re-eligible.

18.5 Any member of the Executive Board who, for no valid reason, fails to attend three consecutive meetings, or leaves a Congress or meeting to show his discontent, shall cease to be a member of the Executive Board and shall be replaced according to Article 18.

19. STRUCTURE, POWERS AND OPERATION

19.1 An Executive Group composed of the President, General Secretary and Vice-Presidents can be formed for a more efficient resolution of problems.

19.2 The Executive Board of FIAS is composed of:

- the FIAS President
- the General Secretary
- the Treasurer
- four Vice-Presidents, of Continental Presidents level
- six members

19.3 The Executive Board is endowed with all the powers necessary for the financial and technical administration and for the moral direction of the federation. During the period between the sessions of Congress, the Executive Board manages the activities of FIAS.

19.4 The Executive Board shall meet when called by the President or if requested by one third of its members. In any case, it shall meet at least twice a year.

19.5 For deliberations to be valid, a majority of fifty percent plus one of the members of the Executive Board must be present.

19.6 In case of external circumstances outside its control and caused by an international situation, when difficult if not impossible to apply the Statutes (such as war, epidemic, Governmental decisions or position, etc.) the Executive Board shall nevertheless have the right to exercise the powers at its disposal to see that they are followed. It has nevertheless the right to take an appropriate and motivated decision for the general interest of FIAS, dictated by the situation of the moment, without this decision becoming a precedent.

The Executive Board must inform the following FIAS Congress of the decision it has taken.

19.7 In case of equal number of votes on the Executive Board, the President has the casting vote.

19.8 The Minutes of the meetings shall be taken down by the General Secretary and signed jointly by him and the President.

20. THE PRESIDENT, HIS ELECTION AND HIS ROLE

20.1 The President of FIAS is nominated by the Executive Board of FIAS or by the Continental Federations. He is elected at a Congress by secret ballot or by open voting ( due to Congress decision), for a period of four years.

Under natural circumstances the perennial election shall take place immediately after the presentation of the Presidents report on FIAS activities and results for preceding year The candidate to the post of President shall be a well known figure in the SAMBO world, have been President of a National Federation for at least four years or have four year of experience as Vice-President, General Secretary or Commission Chairman. In the absence of such a candidate, the Executive Board decides itself.

The elections shall be valid in case of absolute majority of votes. If no candidate obtains the absolute majority of votes, additional voting shall take place for the two candidates having obtained the greatest number of votes.

The active FIAS President may be re-elected for the next term, but he shall not occupy this position for more than 2 terms consecutively.

20.2 Between the sessions of the Congress and the meetings of the Executive Board, the President is responsible for managing the everyday activities of FIAS. He looks after the expenses of FIAS and hires administrative personnel.

The Presidents main activities include representing FIAS at international meetings, attending the International Olympic Committees sessions, and taking part in other official meetings.

20.3 The President has the right:

- to propose candidates to the posts of General Secretary, Vice-President and Treasurer
- to set up different commissions or work groups
- to be reimbursed for the cost of representing FIAS and for various expenses related to his travels for FIAS
- to allow the members of the Executive Board and of the various FIAS commissions to request reimbursement for expenses incurred in the performance of their assigned duties.

All expenses incurred must be substantiated.

The administration of FIAS is under the authority of the President.

20.4 If, for whatever reason, the post of President becomes vacant, the General Secretary fulfills his duties. If, for whatever reason, the General Secretary cannot take over, then the Executive Board of FIAS shall elect, by secret ballot, one of the Vice-Presidents as Provisional President, and elect a new President at the next earliest Congress session.

20.5 The FIAS President may combine his FIAS presidency only with one high ranking position at any national or continental SAMBO federation, and no more.

21. THE GENERAL SECRETARY

The General Secretary directs the activities of the FIAS Secretariat and looks after all the FIAS correspondence.

As part of his responsibilities, the General Secretary shall:

- make sure that the Statutes, Minutes of the Congress, Executive Board decisions and resolutions taken are executed
- see to it that the financial obligations of Continental and National Federations affiliated with FIAS are respected
- along with the President, sign documents of legal responsibility
- ensure that the Calendar of sports events is being followed
- prepare the Minutes of the Executive Board meetings
- make sure that invitations to Congress sessions and Executive Board meetings are sent out in due time
- acknowledge receipt of the requests for affiliation with FIAS
- represent the President in his absence

22. THE TREASURER

The Treasurer guarantees the receipt of cash monies and transfers of payments made as dues and fees owing to FIAS.

He is responsible for:

- preparing the annual budget of FIAS and submitting it for approval to the Executive Board
- presenting the annual financial report to the Congress
- submitting to the Executive Board an account of the financial responsibilities of FIAS members
- investing the financial capital of FIAS

23. THE COMMISSIONS

23.1 Commissions are secondary bodies of FIAS responsible for carrying out the tasks assigned to them by the Executive Board or the President.

23.2 Commissions consist of a fixed number of members (which must include a Chairman and a Secretary), depending on their nature and their mission, as defined by in internal regulation determined by the Executive Board and specifying their competence and objectives.

23.3 The Executive Board nominates commission Chairmen

23.4 National Federations propose commission members.

23.5 The Executive Board approves the composition of a commission, as proposed by the commission Chairman.

23.6 The FIAS commissions are as follows:

- Sport Technique commission
- FIAS Statutes commission
- SAMBO development commission
- Referees commission
- Trainers commission
- Commission on sports matters
- Feminine SAMBO commission
- Combat SAMBO commission
- University commission
- Army and Police commission
- Medical commission
- School children commission
- Press commission
- Commerce and Finance Commission
- Disciplinary commission (exclusively composed of members of the Executive Board)
- Control and Revision commission
- Ethics commission
- Mandate commission (confirmed separately before each Congress)

23.7 CONTROL AND REVISION COMMISSION

-- The Control and Revision commission is composed of three FIAS members who may not be part of the governing bodies of FIAS
-- It is responsible for checking whether the FIAS Statutes are adhered to, whether the decisions of the Congress are being followed, and whether, from the financial perspective, the activities of the Executive Board are appropriate
-- The revision shall be done at least one a year and a report presented to the Congress. The conclusions reached by the Control and Revision commission and confirmed by the Congress must be implemented.

IV. REGULATIONS ON INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

24. GENERAL PRINCIPLES. REPRESENTATION

24.1 National Federations (as well as their associated sports bodies) may only participate in events organized by federations affiliated with FIAS.

24.2 However, upon specific request, affiliated federations may be authorized by the President or by the Executive Board to attend events organized by a federation that is not yet affiliated with FIAS, if these events contribute to the development of SAMBO in that country, and if it is presumed that this federation is considering becoming a member of FIAS.

24.3 All SAMBO international competitions, World and continental championships, are to be conducted due to FIAS regulations. Regulations may only be changed every four years.

24.4 FIAS designates the representatives authorized to participate at international events. These representatives shall comply with the regulations on international events.

24.5 A participant shall not have the right to be on the team of a country participating at an international event if he is not a citizen of that country.

In exceptional cases, FIAS may give special permission to participate.

24.6 The invitation of an athlete from another country to participate in an event shall always be made through the National Federation of the athlete in question.

24.7 In case of an athletes dual citizenship, participation at international competitions shall only be valid on the basis of one nationality, chosen by him.

National Federations are responsible for the participations at their National championships.

25. INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

25.1 All international competitions must be included in the Calendar of events and approved by FIAS.

25.2 If, for a valid reason, an event is not mentioned in the Calendar of events, the organizing country must inform FIAS ahead of time. In this case, organizers must communicate the date and place of the event three months ahead to the FIAS Secretariat.

25.3 Results and protocols of international events, signed by the parties in charge, shall be sent to the FIAS Secretariat within two weeks of these events.

25.4 National Federations organizing international events shall be up-to-date in their financial obligations to FIAS and shall not have been subject to disciplinary measures or restrictions.

A fine of 100 US dollars will be applied to National Federations not having paid on time the appropriate competition fee.

V. SPECIAL PROVISIONS

26. RECOURSE

National Federations affiliated with FIAS agree to appeal exclusively to FIAS in order to settle any disagreement arising between them concerning the application of FIAS rules and regulations. They prohibit themselves from appealing to any other jurisdiction.

27. PROPERTY AND REMUNERATION

27.1 No affiliated federation nor any member thereof may in any way be held responsible concerning any FIAS commitments made in its name.

27.2 Members of the FIAS Executive Board or Commissions shall not be entitled to remuneration. Exception may only be made by the Congress.

28. INTERNAL REGULATIONS

In accordance with the present Statutes and principles of operation, the Executive Board of FIAS is authorized to generate any kind of internal regulations and relevant documentations.

29. STATUTORY PRINCIPLE

29.1 The present Statutes shall remain in effect until the next FIAS Congress.

29.2 The Executive Board is authorized to take a decision concerning any situation not covered under these Statutes.

29.3 Continental Federations and National Federations affiliated with FIAS shall not contradict the decisions taken on the basis of these Statutes.

30. DISSOLUTION OF FIAS

30.1 The dissolution of this organization may only take place at an extraordinary meeting of the Congress. The Quorum for such a meeting shall be two-thirds of the voting members of FIAS.

30.2 After dissolution, the decision concerning the disposition of the FIAS assets shall be taken at the extraordinary session of the Congress.

The FIAS Statutes Commission

The International Amateur SAMBO Federation (FIAS)

S T A T U T E

Adopted at the FIAS Congress

held in Kstov (Russia) on November 11th, 1993

Revisions: 2.11.1996 Tokyo Congress
18.10.1998 Kaliningrad
19.10.2001 Krasnoyarsk
14.04.2005 Moscow
05.11.2006 Sofia
09.11.2007 Prague
13.11.2008 St.-Petersburg

Table of contents

Pages

I. AIMS AND COMPOSITION OF THE FEDERATION

1. Name3
2. Aims3
3. Headquarters, Official languages, Flag and Emblem4
4. Composition. Continental Federations4
5. Affiliation5
6. Finances6
7. Loss if FIAS membership6
8. Participation in competitions6
9. Doping

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II. THE CONGRESS

10. Composition7
11. Voting7
12. Operation7
13. Validity of decisions8
14. Rights and Role of the Congress8
15. Extraordinary Congress

9

III. ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATION

16. Composition of the Executive Board9
17. Eligibility9
18. Duration of mandate9
19. Structure, Powers and Operation10
20. The President, his election and his role10
21. The General Secretary11
22. The Treasurer12
23. The Commissions

12

IV. REGULATIONS ON INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

24. General principles. Representation13
25. International events

13

V. SPECIAL PROVISIONS

26. Recourse14
27. Property and Remuneration14
28. Internal regulations14
29. Statutory principle14
30. Dissolution of FIAS14

I. AIMS AND COMPOSITION OF THE FEDERATION

1. NAME

"Federation International Amateur de SAMBO" (FIAS) is unique (sole), the only recognized international organization entitled to manage and develop SAMBO around the word.
FIAS not governmental, not commercial (not for profit) organization, uniting national SAMBO federations.
SAMBO is the acronym derived from the Russian "self-defense without weapons" (samozaschita bez oruzhiya). The word "SAMBO" should be written in capital letters.
The FIAS is established on the 13th of June1984 in Madrid (Spain) as a non-profit sports organization in accordance with laws of Spain.
The FIAS is registered in August2006 in New-York state (USA) as a non-profit sports organization in accordance with laws of USA.

2. AIMS

The aims of FIAS are as follows:

2.1 Promote the development of the sport of SAMBO around the world. To this end, FIAS must contact all official organizations and individuals susceptible to contribute to this effort, at the technical as well as at the administrative and financial levels.

2.2 Stimulate relations and bonds of friendship and support the peaceful coexistence between the National Federations and its members, while respecting the interests of all.

2.3 Establish and promote the international SAMBO regulations adopted by FIAS.

2.4 Regulate SAMBO, as practiced by all its affiliated federations or associations, and ensure that SAMBO regulations are adhered to at World championships, World Cups, Continental competitions and International events which, without exception, are held under its control.

2.5 Select, train, improve and oversee the activities of judges and referees, as well as that of technical and administrative personnel.

2.6 Represent SAMBO and defend its interests at the levels of the National Olympic Committees, the International Olympic Committee and the other international sports organizations.

2.7 Take an impartial decision in case of dispute or differences of opinion occurring between affiliated nations during the practice of SAMBO.

2.8 Prohibit itself from taking part, and declare itself opposed to any debate or any political, racial or religious discrimination.

2.9 Help National SAMBO Federations to be recognized by their National Olympic Committees and seek the recognition of FIAS by the International Olympic Committee.

3. HEADQUARTERS, OFFICIAL LANGUAGES, FLAG AND EMBLEM

3.1 The duration of the legal personality of FIAS is unlimited. Its administrative headquarters are located in Moscow (Russia).

The administrative headquarters may be transferred to another city or another country, if circumstances warrant it, upon decision by the Executive Board, ratified by the Congress.

3.2 Any official FIAS document bearing the signature of the President or that of the General Secretary must be considered as a fully legal document.

3.3 The official languages of FIAS are English, Russian and French. In the event of a disagreement arising from the interpretation of the statutes, rules or regulations, the Russian text shall prevail.

3.4 The FIAS Flag represents logo FIAS at the centre of a rectangular on a light-blue background with inscriptions " " above the logo and "Federation International Amateur SAMBO" under the logo.

3.5 The FIAS emblem, reproduced on the yellow background of the flag, shows two SAMBO athletes in action, the two parts of the globe and the acronym FIAS, encircled by a crown of laurels.

4. COMPOSITION CONTINENTAL FEDERATIONS

4.1 FIAS is composed of National Federations, managing SAMBO in their respective countries, being the Continental Federations members, recognize the FIAS Statutes, and have satisfied the affiliation requirements.

4.2 Each country shall be represented by only one National Federation. The latter shall be recognized by its National Olympic Committee or its highest National sports authority.

4.3 FIAS may have Honorary members.

The title of Honorary Member may be given by the FIAS Congress upon proposal by the Executive Board or a National Federation to any person, organization or group having rendered special services to the sport of SAMBO and to FIAS, according to the FIAS Regulations concerning the honorary status.

4.4 Continental Federations (CF) are composed of National Federations (NF) affiliated with FIAS and belonging to the continent, as determined by the international geographic boundaries. National Federations are subject to the principles established by the Continental Federations to which they belong.

Continental Federations shall operate under their own Statutes, governed by its Continental management, which do not contradict FIAS Statutes and Regulations.

Continental Federations possess their own structures and management body responsible for the development and the practice of SAMBO on their continent.

4.5 The Presidents of Continental Federations shall be members of the Executive Board of FIAS as Vice-Presidents.

4.6 Continental Federations determine their own Championships, World Cups and sites of International competitions. They organize their activities in accordance with those of FIAS.

4.7 FIAS may accept the associative members - organizations or private persons, which render the practical help for SAMBO development.
The associative members have the right of a deliberative vote and can be elected by the FIAS Congress upon the recommendation of the respective National SAMBO Federation, or FIAS Executive Committee.

5. AFFILIATION

5.1 Any National Federation of any country formed according to the requirements of its own country may become member of FIAS, provided that:

- a written request is submitted, duly signed by its President and its General Secretary
- it possesses an official attestation issued by the National Olympic Committee or the highest Sports authority of its country
- the FIAS Affiliation form is duly completed
- it states, in writing, its intention to abide by the FIAS Statutes and Regulations
- it agrees to pay the dues, as determined by the FIAS financial regulations
- it provides a written agreement to pay the FIAS fees, as per the FIAS regulations
- it has the approval of its Continental Federation

5.2 The resulting file will be examined by the Executive Board which will then present it to the FIAS Congress, the only body empowered to grant membership.

However, if several federations in the same country practice SAMBO, as governed by FIAS, only one may become member of FIAS.

5.3 In the event that the federation wishing to become a member of FIAS is not recognized by the National Olympic Committee or the highest Sports authority of its country, the Executive Board of FIAS reserves the right to decide and judge the case on an individual basis.

5.4 Full members of FIAS have the right to attend and speak at all Congress meetings. They may nominate their candidates for the positions of Officers, and vote on all questions presented.

5.5 National Federations Presidents represent the interests of their respective countries at FIAS.

5.6 If a question concerning a particular National Federation is being evaluated, its national representative does not have the right to participate at the debate.

6. FINANCES

The finance means of FIAS are formed by various, fees. They include:

  1. FIAS membership entry fee
  2. annual FIAS membership fee
  3. various benefits fees
  4. advertising rights for FIAS attribute items usage
  5. permits for organizing championships, international tournaments
  6. various license fees
  7. events participation registration fee
  8. penalties
  9. investments, other resources or stocks profit
  10. gifts and bequests

Except in case of flagrant error, the various dues, taxes, fees, fines and charges become the property of FIAS and shall not be reimbursed under any circumstances.

7. LOSS OF FIAS MEMBERSHIP

7.1 FIAS membership may be lost:

- upon resignation
- upon cessation of SAMBO activity
- upon expulsion by the Executive Board, according to the conditions determined by the disciplinary regulations for:

- contravening regulations concerning payment of FIAS dues and cost of membership
- absence of activity related to the development of SAMBO
- violation of the Statutes and Regulations
- refusal to comply with the FIAS decisions

7.2 The decision to withdraw the membership of a federation may only be taken by the Congress, with a majority of at least two-thirds of the votes.

8. PARTICIPATION TO COMPETITIONS

8.1 Only high level athletes, recommended by National Federations are permitted to participate in international competitions

9. DOPING

9.1 The use of any substance designed to artificially increase the performance of an athlete is strictly forbidden.

9.2 At events taking place under the jurisdiction of FIAS participants, officers and officials shall not oppose Doping control testing.

9.3 The decision, concerning sanctions in relation to athletes, officials, federations, violated the Anti-doping rules shall be taken due to the World Anti-doping Code regulations and WADA decisions.

II. THE CONGRESS

10. COMPOSITION

Congress is the ruling body of FIAS which is mainly responsible for dealing with the important questions concerning the development of SAMBO, the election of the members of the Executive Board, the President and the Control and Revision Commission. It is composed of representatives from each of the affiliated federations, members of the Executive Board and members of the Control and Revision Commission.

Affiliated countries may send to the Congress a maximum of three representatives, each possessing a mandate but only one having the right to vote.

11. VOTING

Every affiliated country has the right to one vote, provided its FIAS dues are in order.

Any affiliated country unable to participate at the Congress shall have the right to be represented by delegating its vote to a member of the Executive Board or to another federation participating at the Congress.

12. OPERATION

12.1 The FIAS Congress shall take place on the day, preceding the World Championship (Sports and combat SAMBO among Adults). An Election Congress shall meet every four years. Congress shall be presided by the President or in his absence by the General Secretary. Election meetings shall be presided by the General Secretary.

12.2 Before the opening of the Congress country representatives shall present their credentials, duly signed and bearing the official seal of their federation, to the appropriate authorities.

12.3 The Congress deliberates on all questions included in the agenda, as confirmed by the Executive Board and sent to all federations one month ahead. During the Congress, if requested by more than half of the representatives from affiliated countries, additional questions may be included in the agenda.

12.4 Items which affiliated countries wish to have included in the agenda must reach the Executive Board two months before the date of the Congress.

12.5 Urgent questions proposed by the Executive Board and requiring consideration by National Federations shall be sent to them one month before the date of the Congress.

12.6 The Minutes of the session of the Congress, signed by the General Secretary and the President, shall be sent to the affiliated countries within two months, and submitted for approval at the next Congress.

13. VALIDITY OF DECISIONS

13.1 Decisions are taken upon obtaining a majority. However, for decisions to take effect the Congress must be composed of at least half the representatives from affiliated countries having the right to vote.

For personal matters, voting shall be cast by secret ballot.

13.2 In case of equal number of votes by secret ballot, the secret ballot shall be considered invalid.

14. RIGHTS AND ROLE OF THE CONGRESS

The Congress is the ruling body of FIAS. It convenes to debate important questions concerning the development of SAMBO and to elect officers.

The Congress is vested with the following powers:

-- Elect the President, the members of the Executive Board and those of the Control and Revision Commission and revoke their status at any time
-- Approve the reports presented by the President, General Secretary, Treasurer, Control and Revision Commission, and others
-- Approve requests for affiliation and terminate the membership of a FIAS member
-- Ratify internal regulations
-- Examine and approve the decisions made by the Executive Board and the President
-- Resolve all questions and proposals of general interest submitted by National Federations concerning the development of SAMBO, as defined by the present Statutes and by decisions taken at previous proceedings
-- Examine and approve candidates for official FIAS competitions: World Championships, World Cups (countries), World Cups (clubs)
-- Approve amendments to the FIAS Statutes
-- Determine fees and other sources of revenue for FIAS
-- Deliberate and approve the budget
-- Name Honorary members: Honorary member of FIAS, Honorary member of the Executive Board, Honorary Vice-President of FIAS and Honorary President of FIAS
-- Approve the SAMBO regulations
-- Deliberate on all questions submitted by the Executive Board

15. EXTRAORDINARY CONGRESS

An extraordinary Congress may be called provided it is done in writing and is requested by at least fifty percent of the affiliated countries or fifty percent of the Vice-Presidents. These requests, duly motivated, shall be addressed and submitted to the President and the General Secretary, and shall be decided upon by the Executive Board.

During such a Congress questions not included in the agenda shall not be examined.

An Extraordinary Congress shall, in all cases, be called in the city proposed by the Executive Board of FIAS.

III. ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATION

16. COMPOSITION OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

16.1 The Executive Board is composed of 13 members.

16.2 The Executive Board includes: the President, the General Secretary, the Vice-Presidents and the Treasurer.

16.3 If a member of the Executive Board resigns, he shall not automatically be replaced by a member of the same National Federation.

More than two members of the same nationality shall not be part of the Executive Board.

17. ELIGIBILITY

17.1 Are eligible to the Executive Board, the President of a National Federation or a candidate presenting a written recommendation issued by his National Federation.

18. DURATION OF MANDATE

18.1 The duration of the mandate for elected members of the Executive Board is four years.

18.2 Any vacancy within the Executive Board, due to resignation, shall be addressed at the next Congress.

18.3 The term of newly elected members shall end on the expiration date of the replaced members mandate.

18.4 All members of the Executive Board are re-eligible.

18.5 Any member of the Executive Board who, for no valid reason, fails to attend three consecutive meetings, or leaves a Congress or meeting to show his discontent, shall cease to be a member of the Executive Board and shall be replaced according to Article 18.

19. STRUCTURE, POWERS AND OPERATION

19.1 An Executive Group composed of the President, General Secretary and Vice-Presidents can be formed for a more efficient resolution of problems.

19.2 The Executive Board of FIAS is composed of:

- the FIAS President
- the General Secretary
- the Treasurer
- four Vice-Presidents, of Continental Presidents level
- six members

19.3 The Executive Board is endowed with all the powers necessary for the financial and technical administration and for the moral direction of the federation. During the period between the sessions of Congress, the Executive Board manages the activities of FIAS.

19.4 The Executive Board shall meet when called by the President or if requested by one third of its members. In any case, it shall meet at least twice a year.

19.5 For deliberations to be valid, a majority of fifty percent plus one of the members of the Executive Board must be present.

19.6 In case of external circumstances outside its control and caused by an international situation, when difficult if not impossible to apply the Statutes (such as war, epidemic, Governmental decisions or position, etc.) the Executive Board shall nevertheless have the right to exercise the powers at its disposal to see that they are followed. It has nevertheless the right to take an appropriate and motivated decision for the general interest of FIAS, dictated by the situation of the moment, without this decision becoming a precedent.

The Executive Board must inform the following FIAS Congress of the decision it has taken.

19.7 In case of equal number of votes on the Executive Board, the President has the casting vote.

19.8 The Minutes of the meetings shall be taken down by the General Secretary and signed jointly by him and the President.

20. THE PRESIDENT, HIS ELECTION AND HIS ROLE

20.1 The President of FIAS is nominated by the Executive Board of FIAS or by the Continental Federations. He is elected at a Congress by secret ballot or by open voting ( due to Congress decision), for a period of four years.

Under natural circumstances the perennial election shall take place immediately after the presentation of the Presidents report on FIAS activities and results for preceding year The candidate to the post of President shall be a well known figure in the SAMBO world, have been President of a National Federation for at least four years or have four year of experience as Vice-President, General Secretary or Commission Chairman. In the absence of such a candidate, the Executive Board decides itself.

The elections shall be valid in case of absolute majority of votes. If no candidate obtains the absolute majority of votes, additional voting shall take place for the two candidates having obtained the greatest number of votes.

The active FIAS President may be re-elected for the next term, but he shall not occupy this position for more than 2 terms consecutively.

20.2 Between the sessions of the Congress and the meetings of the Executive Board, the President is responsible for managing the everyday activities of FIAS. He looks after the expenses of FIAS and hires administrative personnel.

The Presidents main activities include representing FIAS at international meetings, attending the International Olympic Committees sessions, and taking part in other official meetings.

20.3 The President has the right:

- to propose candidates to the posts of General Secretary, Vice-President and Treasurer
- to set up different commissions or work groups
- to be reimbursed for the cost of representing FIAS and for various expenses related to his travels for FIAS
- to allow the members of the Executive Board and of the various FIAS commissions to request reimbursement for expenses incurred in the performance of their assigned duties.

All expenses incurred must be substantiated.

The administration of FIAS is under the authority of the President.

20.4 If, for whatever reason, the post of President becomes vacant, the General Secretary fulfills his duties. If, for whatever reason, the General Secretary cannot take over, then the Executive Board of FIAS shall elect, by secret ballot, one of the Vice-Presidents as Provisional President, and elect a new President at the next earliest Congress session.

20.5 The FIAS President may combine his FIAS presidency only with one high ranking position at any national or continental SAMBO federation, and no more.

21. THE GENERAL SECRETARY

The General Secretary directs the activities of the FIAS Secretariat and looks after all the FIAS correspondence.

As part of his responsibilities, the General Secretary shall:

- make sure that the Statutes, Minutes of the Congress, Executive Board decisions and resolutions taken are executed
- see to it that the financial obligations of Continental and National Federations affiliated with FIAS are respected
- along with the President, sign documents of legal responsibility
- ensure that the Calendar of sports events is being followed
- prepare the Minutes of the Executive Board meetings
- make sure that invitations to Congress sessions and Executive Board meetings are sent out in due time
- acknowledge receipt of the requests for affiliation with FIAS
- represent the President in his absence

22. THE TREASURER

The Treasurer guarantees the receipt of cash monies and transfers of payments made as dues and fees owing to FIAS.

He is responsible for:

- preparing the annual budget of FIAS and submitting it for approval to the Executive Board
- presenting the annual financial report to the Congress
- submitting to the Executive Board an account of the financial responsibilities of FIAS members
- investing the financial capital of FIAS

23. THE COMMISSIONS

23.1 Commissions are secondary bodies of FIAS responsible for carrying out the tasks assigned to them by the Executive Board or the President.

23.2 Commissions consist of a fixed number of members (which must include a Chairman and a Secretary), depending on their nature and their mission, as defined by in internal regulation determined by the Executive Board and specifying their competence and objectives.

23.3 The Executive Board nominates commission Chairmen

23.4 National Federations propose commission members.

23.5 The Executive Board approves the composition of a commission, as proposed by the commission Chairman.

23.6 The FIAS commissions are as follows:

- Sport Technique commission
- FIAS Statutes commission
- SAMBO development commission
- Referees commission
- Trainers commission
- Commission on sports matters
- Feminine SAMBO commission
- Combat SAMBO commission
- University commission
- Army and Police commission
- Medical commission
- School children commission
- Press commission
- Commerce and Finance Commission
- Disciplinary commission (exclusively composed of members of the Executive Board)
- Control and Revision commission
- Ethics commission
- Mandate commission (confirmed separately before each Congress)

23.7 CONTROL AND REVISION COMMISSION

-- The Control and Revision commission is composed of three FIAS members who may not be part of the governing bodies of FIAS
-- It is responsible for checking whether the FIAS Statutes are adhered to, whether the decisions of the Congress are being followed, and whether, from the financial perspective, the activities of the Executive Board are appropriate
-- The revision shall be done at least one a year and a report presented to the Congress. The conclusions reached by the Control and Revision commission and confirmed by the Congress must be implemented.

IV. REGULATIONS ON INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

24. GENERAL PRINCIPLES. REPRESENTATION

24.1 National Federations (as well as their associated sports bodies) may only participate in events organized by federations affiliated with FIAS.

24.2 However, upon specific request, affiliated federations may be authorized by the President or by the Executive Board to attend events organized by a federation that is not yet affiliated with FIAS, if these events contribute to the development of SAMBO in that country, and if it is presumed that this federation is considering becoming a member of FIAS.

24.3 All SAMBO international competitions, World and continental championships, are to be conducted due to FIAS regulations. Regulations may only be changed every four years.

24.4 FIAS designates the representatives authorized to participate at international events. These representatives shall comply with the regulations on international events.

24.5 A participant shall not have the right to be on the team of a country participating at an international event if he is not a citizen of that country.

In exceptional cases, FIAS may give special permission to participate.

24.6 The invitation of an athlete from another country to participate in an event shall always be made through the National Federation of the athlete in question.

24.7 In case of an athletes dual citizenship, participation at international competitions shall only be valid on the basis of one nationality, chosen by him.

National Federations are responsible for the participations at their National championships.

25. INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

25.1 All international competitions must be included in the Calendar of events and approved by FIAS.

25.2 If, for a valid reason, an event is not mentioned in the Calendar of events, the organizing country must inform FIAS ahead of time. In this case, organizers must communicate the date and place of the event three months ahead to the FIAS Secretariat.

25.3 Results and protocols of international events, signed by the parties in charge, shall be sent to the FIAS Secretariat within two weeks of these events.

25.4 National Federations organizing international events shall be up-to-date in their financial obligations to FIAS and shall not have been subject to disciplinary measures or restrictions.

A fine of 100 US dollars will be applied to National Federations not having paid on time the appropriate competition fee.

V. SPECIAL PROVISIONS

26. RECOURSE

National Federations affiliated with FIAS agree to appeal exclusively to FIAS in order to settle any disagreement arising between them concerning the application of FIAS rules and regulations. They prohibit themselves from appealing to any other jurisdiction.

27. PROPERTY AND REMUNERATION

27.1 No affiliated federation nor any member thereof may in any way be held responsible concerning any FIAS commitments made in its name.

27.2 Members of the FIAS Executive Board or Commissions shall not be entitled to remuneration. Exception may only be made by the Congress.

28. INTERNAL REGULATIONS

In accordance with the present Statutes and principles of operation, the Executive Board of FIAS is authorized to generate any kind of internal regulations and relevant documentations.

29. STATUTORY PRINCIPLE

29.1 The present Statutes shall remain in effect until the next FIAS Congress.

29.2 The Executive Board is authorized to take a decision concerning any situation not covered under these Statutes.

29.3 Continental Federations and National Federations affiliated with FIAS shall not contradict the decisions taken on the basis of these Statutes.

30. DISSOLUTION OF FIAS

30.1 The dissolution of this organization may only take place at an extraordinary meeting of the Congress. The Quorum for such a meeting shall be two-thirds of the voting members of FIAS.

30.2 After dissolution, the decision concerning the disposition of the FIAS assets shall be taken at the extraordinary session of the Congress.

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