Chapter 1 – Preamble and Definitions
Chapter 2 – Name, Headquarters, Purpose, Duration, Resources and Organization
Chapter 3 – Members
Chapter 4 – Zone Organizations, Associated Members and Honorary Members
Chapter 5 – General Meeting
Chapter 6 – Committee
Chapter 7 – Auditor
Chapter 8 – President, Vice Presidents, CEO, representatives of the athletes and of Para Bowling, delegates of any Zone Organization of 15 Members or more
Chapter 9 – World Championships and Anti-Doping rules
Chapter 10 – Final provisions
|Chapter 1 – Preamble and Definitions|
The International Bowling Federation (IBF) is an association with a legal personality governed by Swiss law, mainly by the articles 60 et seq of the Swiss Civil Code. IBF is organized according to the present statutes (Statutes).
In these present Statutes:
1.2.1. “Articles” means an article of these Statutes;
1.2.2. “Associated Member” means an Associated Member in terms of Article 4.2;
1.2.3. “Auditors” means the Auditors constituted in terms of Article 7.1 et seq;
1.2.4. “Body” means any legal entity other than a human being;
1.2.5. “Bowling” means the sport of Bowling, Tenpin Bowling, Ninepin Bowling and any variations similar to Bowling;
1.2.6. “CEO” means the Chief Executive Officer according to Article 8.2;
1.2.7. “Committee” means the Committee constituted in terms of Articles 6.1 et seq;
1.2.8. “General Meeting” means the supreme governing body of the association constituted in terms of Articles 5.1 et seq;
1.2.9. “IBF” means the International Bowling Federation;
1.2.10. “NBF” means a national Bowling federation member of the IBF having as such the rights, privileges and benefits given in these Statutes to national federations;
1.2.11. “NPBF” means a national Para Bowling federation member of the IBF, having as such the rights and benefits given in these Statutes to national federations;
1.2.12. “Members” means any member constituted in terms of Articles 3.1 et seq;
1.2.13. “Para Bowling” means Bowling played by people with a disability;
1.2.14. “President” means the President of the IBF appointed in terms of Article 8.1;
1.2.16. “Vice President” means the Vice President of the IBF appointed in terms of Article 8.1;
1.2.17. “Zone” means the geographical zones into which the NBF member of the IBF is allocated, namely on the date of adoption of these Statutes, i) the American Zone, ii) the Asian Zone, iii) the European Zone, iv) the African Zone and v) the Oceanian Zone. The American Zone gathers the NBF located in all countries located in both north and south American continents. The Asian Zone gathers the NBF located in the Asian continent, the European Zone, the NBF located in the east and west European continent, the African Zone, the NBF located in the African continent and the Oceanian Zone the NBF located in the Oceanian region;
1.2.18. “Zone Organization” (“ZO”) means the organization that is in charge of coordinating and overseeing the NBFs within a Zone as well as organizing regional competitions in said Zone, under the authority of the IBF.
|Chapter 3 – Members|
The Members of the IBF are the national bowling federations (NBF). According to the Olympic Charter, only one National Bowling Federation for each territory or country may become a member of the IBF. The name of the NBF must reflect the territorial extent and tradition of its territory or country and must be approved by the IBF as being in conformity with the Olympic Charter.
Each NBF must be duly constituted under the laws of its jurisdiction and shall seek recognition by its national governing authority (e.g. national sports committee, national association of sports federations and/or governmental authorities).
|3.2. Admission Requirements and procedure
To be considered for membership as a NBF a national Bowling federation must provide in writing to the Committee (and for clarity, pre-existing NBF shall supply any or all of the following to the IBF upon written request from IBF):
a) a formal application in a form prescribed by the Committee;
b) a formal undertaking to abide by the IBF Statutes, by-laws, policies, rules, decisions while acting in the capacity as an IBF member or as a participant in IBF events or activities;
c) a formal undertaking to accept and apply the World Anti-Doping Code while acting in the capacity as an IBF member or as a participant in IBF events or activities;
d) an explanation of the organizational structure of the national federation and a copy of its governing documents (for example, any constitution, bylaws, policies, and/or statutes) with a certified English translation;
e) a confirmation whether the relevant National Sports Committee or any similar sports governmental authority recognizes the national federation as a member and whether the governing documents of the national federation are consistent with the principles of the Olympic Charter;
f) a formal undertaking to accept as binding and final, while acting in the capacity as an IBF member or as a participant in IBF events or activities, the decisions of the competent authorities within the IBF and in this regard to recognize the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne as the only possible external judicial authority;
g) a formal undertaking to give reasonable assistance to the IBF in imposing and assisting in the enforcement of the obligations in (b), (c) and (f) upon its individual members in all those activities over which the IBF has authority;
h) a detailed report on the non-confidential activities of the members that the national Bowling federation represents;
i) details of the membership of the national bowling federation; including registration of all membership details via IBF online platform or other means if requested;
j) any other information as reasonably required by the Committee to determine membership eligibility and compliance with these IBF Statutes.
A new NBF shall be considered to membership by a vote of the Committee. The Committee may accept or reject an application in its sole discretion, whether or not the applicant has complied with the requirements in this Article.
Based on exceptional circumstances, the Committee may consider to membership a national Para Bowling federation (NPBF).
The Committee shall not be required or compelled to provide any reason for such acceptance or rejection.
Where the Committee accepts an application, membership shall be deemed to commence upon acceptance of the application (or such earlier date as may be appropriate for pre-existing members).
|3.3. Rights of the Members
Each Member is entitled to:
a) recognition as the sole governing body for Bowling in that Member’s Territory or Country;
b) be convened and participate to the General Meeting;
c) make proposals for inclusion on the agenda of the General Meeting, subject to the consideration of the Committee;
d) know the agenda of the General Meeting in advance;
e) take part in the General Meeting and express its position;
f) one vote right during the General Meeting, unless it has a conflict of interest as a party in the matter being voted on in the meaning of article 68 of the Swiss Civil Code; and
g) nominate candidates for the Committee, including as Vice President(s) and President.