WMA BYE-LAWS

1. AFFILIATION PROCEDURE

If a NGB makes an application for affiliation in a country where there is an existing WMA Affiliate, the Council shall make a recommendation to the applicant. If the recommendation to the applicant is not accepted, a special Commission consisting of an equal number of representatives from the IAAF and WMA shall be established to consider the matter and make a recommendation to the applicant to be sent through the IAAF Secretariat. If the recommendation is still not accepted, the Commission shall present a report to the IAAF Council, submitting its considerations and recommendations. The final decision shall be made by the WMA Council.

2. COUNCIL
(11) Except for emergency meetings, Council members are obligated to schedule travel sufficiently in advance to obtain the lowest economy fares.

(12) All requests for reimbursement shall be supported by receipts or other supporting documentation acceptable to the Treasurer.

(13) If a Council member is eligible for reimbursement from a third party source, such as his sport federation, the member shall not be entitled to duplicate reimbursement by WMA.

(14) In no event shall a Council member receive travel or other related reimbursement when the member has not personally incurred that expense.

(15) At the annual Council meeting, the President, in consultation with the WMA Council, shall decide the participation of WMA Representatives in Regional, or other major Championships.

(16) The WMA Executive consists of the elected officers:
the President,
the Executive Vice- President (hereinafter referred to as E-VP),
the Vice-President Stadia (hereinafter referred to as VP-S),
the Vice-President Non-Stadia (hereinafter referred to as VP-NS),
the Secretary,
the Treasurer, and

Formal electronic motions may be submitted by any Council Member to the WMA Secretary. The Secretary shall immediately send the motions to the President by the best method, preferably by E-mail. The President will decide the acceptability and, in conjunction with the motion proposer, draft the final wording of the motion which will be documented by the WMA Secretary.
The WMA Secretary shall then immediately date and circulate the approved motion to all Council Members for voting by the fastest and best available method, preferable E-mail. The Secretary shall require acknowledgment of receipt, by the same method, within seven (7) days of the circulation.
All votes, or amendments, must be received by the Secretary within fourteen (14) days of the motion circulation. Motions are considered successful by a simple majority of votes of a quorum of at least two-thirds of the Council. The President has an additional vote to break a tie, if necessary, after the 14th day.
If proposed amendments to the motion in question are received, the Secretary, in conjunction with the original motion and the amendment proposers, will draft the final wording of the amended motion and shall circulate as above.
The Secretary shall then note and tabulate all voting messages and forward each vote message to the WMA Treasurer who will scrutinize the results and provide them to the President for immediate announcement to the full Council.

 

3. COMMITTEES

(1) Stadia Committee (hereinafter referred to as SC)

(a) The Committee shall be chaired by the WMA VP-S.

(b) There shall be six (6) members of the Committee plus the Chairman.

(c) The six (6) members of the Committee shall be appointed by the President, based upon nominations submitted to him by the Chairman.

(d) The Organising Committee of the next WMA World Championships Stadia shall have the right to appoint whoever will be in charge of the Stadia events to the Committee, under the same rules and procedures as stated in the previous section.

(e) The SC shall submit to the Council for approval or rejection such proposed amendments to the Rules of Competition as the Committee considers desirable.

(f) The SC shall consider any relevant proposal made by an Affiliate.

(g) Voting by mail, E-mail or fax shall be permitted.

(h) The Chair of the SC shall serve as the primary WMA Technical Delegate to all WMA, and WMA sanctioned, World Championships. If necessary, the Chair of the SC can nominate a designee for this position who is subject to approval by the Council. Other Technical Delegates, as nominated by the Chair of the SC and approved by the Council, may also be designated with specific or general duties as assigned by the Chair of the SC.

(i) The Chair of the SC is one of the required signatories to all WMA World Championships, and all WMA sanctioned World Championships, Contracts.

(2) Non-Stadia Committee (hereinafter referred to as N-SC)

(a) The Committee shall be chaired by the WMA VP-NS.

(b) There shall be six (6) members of the Committee plus the Chairman.

(c) The six (6) members of the Committee shall be appointed by the President, based upon nominations submitted to him by the Chairman.

(d) The Organising Committee of the next WMA World Championships Non-Stadia shall have the right to appoint whoever will be in charge of Non-Stadia events to the Committee, under the same rules and procedures as stated in the previous section.

(e) The N-SC shall submit to the Council for approval or rejection such proposed amendments to the Rules of Competition as the Committee considers desirable.

(f) The N-SC shall consider any relevant proposal made by an Affiliate.

(g) Voting by mail, E-mail or fax shall be permitted.

(h) The Chair of the N-SC shall serve as the primary WMA Technical Delegate to all WMA, and WMA sanctioned, World Championships. If necessary, the Chair of the N-SC can nominate a designee for this position who is subject to approval by the Council. Other Technical Delegates, as nominated by the Chair of the N-SC and approved by the Council, may also be designated with specific or general duties as assigned by the Chair of the N-SC.

(i) The Chair of the N-SC is required to be one of the signatories to all WMA World Championships, and all WMA sanctioned World Championships, Contracts.

(j) The Chair of the N-SC shall be in charge of all Race Walking matters, Stadia and Non-Stadia. He shall cooperate with the VP-S on Stadia Race Walk events. The VP-NS shall nominate the Chief Race Walk Judge subject to approval by the Council. The Local Organizing Committee shall choose the number of judges as defined by the IAAF rules





i Incorrect statement of age or age group.
ii Improper use of drugs.
iii Competing or attempting to compete as a member of the opposite sex.
iv Promoting, organising, conducting or advertising any international masters
competition which has not been sanctioned by WMA.



It shall be composed of:
i the Chairman
ii the Record Manager
iii the six Area Statisticians

(c) Each of the WMA Regions shall have the right to appoint one delegate to this Committee within forty-five days (45) after the close of the WMA World Championships Stadia, held in odd numbered years.
If any Region does not notify the WMA Secretary by letter or wire, post marked within forty-five (45) days, the Chairman can then nominate a person to the Committee.

(d) The Chairman of the Records Committee shall have the right to nominate the Record Manager whose appointment shall be ratified by the Council.

(6) Organisational Advisory Committee (hereinafter referred to as OAC)

(a) The Committee shall be chaired by the WMA E-VP.

(b) There shall be six (6) members of the Committee plus the Chairman.
It shall be composed of:
i the Chairman
ii the VP-S
iii the VP-NS
iv four individuals, not on the WMA Council.

(c ) The four (4) individual members of the Committee shall be appointed by the President based upon nominations submitted to him by the Chairman.



It shall be composed of:

(ii) one delegate from each of the six Regions;

(c) Each of the WMA Regions shall have the right to appoint one delegate to he Committee within forty-five (45) days after the close of the WMA World Champion- ships Stadia, held in odd-numbered years.
If any Region does not notify the WMA Secretary by letter or wire, post marked within said forty-five (45) days, the Chairman can then nominate a person to the Committee. Such person may come from any part of the world.

(d) The Committee shall be charged with the duty of representing the interests of Women athletes.

Important notice:
As a result of the transfer upon WMA of certain established responsibilities relating to anti-doping rules and results management procedures, WMA is currently reviewing and updating its current anti-doping policy. This process is anticipated to be concluded by year end 2006, and will then be published via the WMA website. Furthermore, it was decided for the printing of this current handbook, to not modify the 2003-2005 published references in sub-sections (3) Anti-Doping and Medical Committee and (4) Law and Legislation Committee relating to policy matters. The reader should be aware that the references in those sections will be amended.

4. ALTERATIONS TO RULES

The Rules of Competition may be modified by the Council in their application to particular Championships. Any application by an Organising Committee for such modification must be lodged with the WMA Secretary not later than ninety (90) days before the commencement of the Championships. The Secretary, in close co-operation with the VP-S/VP-NS, shall submit a motion for Council decision, no later than seventy-five (75) days before the Championships.