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INTERNATIONAL SUMO FEDERATION RULES

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Chapter 1  General Provisions
Article 1 Name
This federation shall be called the International Sumo Federation (hereinafter called the “IFS”).
Article 2 Office
The office of the IFS shall be located at 1-15-20 Hyakunincho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
Article 3 Definition
  1. The use of “sumo” in these rules refers to Japanese Amateur Sumo.
  2. The use of “Country” in these rules refers to countries and regions.
Article 4 Principles of Equality and Non- intervention
  1. No form of discrimination based on race, creed, political opinion or any other reason may be made in the IFS.
  2. The IFS shall not conduct political activities and shall not intervene in the internal affairs of an organization that is a member of IFS (hereinafter called a “member organization”).However, more than one dispute between member organizations in coordination, etc. In the event that there is disagreement, IFS shall take decision on the final decision.
  3. A member organization must not intervene in the internal affairs of other member organizations.
Article 5 Principle of Non-restrictive Participation
A member organization shall not refuse, without an appropriate reason, a person who wishes to participate in an organizational operation and/or sumo activities.
Article 6 Language
The official languages of the IFS are Japanese and English. However, Japanese shall be used for terminology regarding facilities, equipment and techniques.
Chapter 2  Objectives and Activities
Article 7 Objectives
As an international organization for amateur sport of sumo, the IFS shall undertake its objectives to internationally propagate and promote the traditional Japanese sport of sumo, as well as working toward mutual friendship and good relations among the member organizations.
Article 8 Activities
The IFS shall engage in the following activities in order to achieve its objectives stipulated in the preceding Article:
  1. To promote the organization of sumo groups in various Countries
  2. To establish international competition rules and other rules regarding sumo
  3. To hold World Championships and other international tournaments of sumo
  4. To hold seminars and classes on sumo
  5. To arrange equipment and books etc. for sumo
  6. To promote the exchange of information between member organizations by publishing bulletins and others
  7. To carry out other activities which are necessary to achieve the objectives of the IFS.
Chapter 3  Member Organizations
Article 9 Membership
  1. Organizations representing sumo in various Countries (this shall be limited to one organization per Country that is representative of the Country, hereinafter called the “Country Federation”) and organizations in the continents where member Countries belong to (hereinafter called the “Continental Federation”) that support the objectives of the IFS may become members of the IFS after obtaining an approval by the Board of Directors.
  2. When the Board of Directors approves a Country Federation, as stipulated in the preceding Item, it shall do so provisionally for two (2) years.
    After two (2) years of provisional period is over,Country Federation may extend the interim period, the Board of Directors shall determine the application whether or not a formal approval.
  3. 3 Application for membership must be submitted with IFS-designated application form. In the case of Country Federation, three letters of recommendation (with signatures of persons with credibility, such as representatives of the prospective country’s National Olympic Committee or registered sports organizations) And Document indicates that includes the requirements listed below must be attached.
  4. (1) A registered member for more than 20 persons that actually active in sumo activities.
    (2) Have financial resources basis that can pay entry membership fee and annual fee on set forth in the IFS   fiscal year as stated in the following IFS Article.

  5. Country Federation has received a tentative approval of the second terms; will able to compete in international sumo competitions, also can attend the meeting as observers, such as the General Assembly of the IFS, without opinion allowed.
Article 10 Membership Fees and Annual Fees
  1. Member organizations must pay the IFS membership fees and annual fees.
  2. The amount to be paid for membership fees and annual fees is provided separately.
Article 11 Full Compliance with IFS Polic
  1. A member organization must follow the IFS policy in regards to the running of a Sumo competition / event, to participating in a Sumo competition / event, and to the running of the member organization’s events.
  2. Member organization must in charge of implementing the IFS decision, policies and other various terms of IFS rules.
  3. When Member organization matter could arise to contrary to the preceding of IFS as stated in Article 11.2,  IFS able to provide guidance and make recommendations to the member organizations.
Article 12 Revocation of Qualification
A member organization loses its qualification for one of the following reasons.
(1)Withdrawal
(2)Dissolution Or disappearance of the member organization
(3)Expulsion
(4)When a member organization provisionally approved under Item 2 of Article 9 was not officially approved as
stipulated in Item 2 of Article 9.
Article 13 Withdrawal
When a member organization intends to withdraw from the IFS, it must submit the reason for doing so, together with the withdrawal notice to the IFS and obtain the approval of the Board of Directors.
Article 14 Expulsion
When a member organization falls under one of the following categories, the President may expel the organization with the support of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the Board of Directors.
(1)If it has violated its obligations as a member organization.
(2)If it has damaged the reputation of the IFS or carried out actions that infringe the objectives of the IFS.
(3)If it has fallen two (2) years or more in arrears of annual fees.
(4)If it has not participated in any of the World Sumo Championships, World Junior Sumo Championships, or a
Continental Sumo Championships in which the member organization belongs, for five (5) years.

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