Article 1 Name
The name of
the organization shall be "The International
Martial Art Games Committee" and the
official approved abbreviation is "IMGC".
The IMGC is a
non-profit association of International
Martial Art Federations and organizations
contributing to sport and specifically
Martial Arts, on educational scientific or
technical level, which meets regularly and
within which each member retains its
autonomy and independence.
Article 3 Objectives
objectives of the IMGC are:
International Games for all Martial Arts
sports practiced in the world to provide all
martial arts of the world with an
opportunity to demonstrate skills and
ability through International Martial Arts
friendship and unity, goodwill and
cooperation in the field of international
martial arts, irrespective of the difference
in ideology, sex, religion, race,
nationality and martial arts forms.
objectives may from time to time be defined
by the Executive Board.
Headquarters of the IMGC and the Secretariat
locations shall be located in Pyongyang,
Democratic People's Republic of Korea,
unless the Executive Board decides to move
the Headquarters to another location.
Article 5 Official Languages
of the IMGC are English and French.
Article 6 Symbols
have such symbols as Emblem, Flag, Anthem
and Torch. These symbols shall belong
exclusively to IMGC. Their design shall be
reviewed by the IMGC Executive Board and
ratified by the IMGC Congress.
Article 7 Torch Tower
The IMGC Torch
Tower shall be erected in the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea, homeland of the
IMGC initiator. Fire of the Martial Arts
Games shall be lighted from the Torch Tower.
Congress may grant membership. Membership
shall only be granted to International
Federations governing Martial-Arts sports
and to National Martial Art Games
Rights and Obligations of the Members
shall be obliged to encourage and promote
Martial Arts sports. A Member must also make
positive efforts for the development of IMGC.
shall be entitled to participate at all
elections, to submit a motion or a
recommendation on the work of the IMGC
Congress, the Executive Board and the
Termination of membership
can submit its written resignation to the
IMGC President or General Secretary at any
shall be expelled from IMGC by the decision
of the Congress if it is considered to have
harmed the IMGC. In this case the decision
must be approved by a majority of 2/3 (two
thirds) of the Members present at the
Chapter III CONGRESS
supreme governing organ of IMGC is the
Congress shall consist of a meeting which
shall generally be held every two years and
which all Members shall have the right to
attend. Each Member can be represented by a
maximum of3 (three) delegates.
Congress shall have the right, subject to
these Statutes and By-Laws appertaining
thereto, to do all things relevant to the
objects of and approved by and on behalf of
Rules of Order for the Congress.
required for the Congress is half of all
Members plus one. Date of regular meeting of
the Congress shall be decided by the
for the Congress Agenda must be sent to the
IMGC Secretariat in written form 2 (two)
months prior to the date set for the
Article 13 Extraordinary Congress
request of the Executive Board or upon
receipt by the Secretariat of written
request from at least 1/3 (one third) of the
Members, an Extraordinary Congress may be
convened of which a minimum of30 (thirty)
day's notification shall be given to the
notification shall include the details of
the reason for convening the Extraordinary
Congress. No business other than specified
in the notification shall be conducted at
such Extraordinary Congress.
Article 14 The Executive Board
Executive Board shall comprise:
the 5 (five) vice-presidents elected by the
Continental Confederations, and 5 (five)
members elected by the Congress.
Congress shall elect the president and the 5
(five) members for a period of 6 years for
the president and 4 years for the other
members. The Congress will also confirm the
election of the 5 (five) vice-presidents
representing the Continental Confederations.
eligible for re-election.
Board may appoint a Secretary General.
Unless this person is a Board member, he/she
has no voting right..
Board shall between meetings of the
Congress, and subject to the authority of
the Congress, and subject to these
Constitution and Bye-Laws appertaining
thereto, be empowered to act in all matters
on behalf of IMGC.
Board shall meet at least once a year of its
period of office.
Executive Board meetings and Congress, the
president an8 the vice-presidents
deal with the
current affairs with the Secretary General.
They shall be responsible for the day- to
day running of IMGC, subject to the
authority of the Executive Board and the
Chapter V QUORUMS, VOTING,
Article 17 Quorums
for general business of the Congress shall
be 50% (fifty per cent) of the Members
having voting right.
for business entailing changes of these
Constitution and Bye-Laws, appertaining
hereto, or the suspension or expulsion of
Members or the dissolution of the IMGC shall
be 2/3 (two thirds) of the Members having
Voting and Elections
Members shall have each one vote.
The voting majorities required are:
resolutions of recommendation to the
Members, acceptance of new Members,
dissolution, changes in Constitution and
Bye-Laws, declaration of principle: 2/3 (two
thirds) of voting Members present and voting
point of order: more than 500/0 (fifty per
cent) of voting Members present and voting
18.3 For an
The Congress shall adopt decisions by the
show of hands. Secret ballot shall be called
only when requested by the president or more
than 1/3 (one third) of the voting Members.
Chapter VI RESIGNATION
Article 19 Resignation
may resign at any time, provided that at the
time of resignation the Member has no
outstanding liabilities to the IMGC.
resignation shall take effect immediately
upon receipt by the Secretary General of a
notice of resignation signed by the
president of the member and shall be
reported to the next Congress.
Chapter VB FINANCES
Members of IMGC shall pay an annual
subscription. The amount of the subscription
shall be decided by each Congress on a
proposal from the Executive Board and shall
become payable on the next succeeding 1
st of January.
Congress not be held in two or more years,
the same subscription as the previous year
shall become due on the 1st of January.
shall be financially bound, within the
limits of the approved budget, by the joint
signatures of the president and the 5
shall only be financially bound within the
limits of their annual subscriptions to IMGC.
The financial year of the IMGC shall run
Accounts Auditing Committee
1st January to the 31st
Congress shall elect an Accounts Auditing
Committee comprised of representatives from
2 (two) Members of the IMGC who shall not be
from the same Member organisations as any of
the Officers, and not more than 2 (two)
alternates, who shall be eligible to be
called upon should either, or both, of the
first mentioned representatives be unable to
fulfil their functions.
Accounts Auditing Committee shall hold
office for 2 (two) years and their duties
shall commence on the 1st of
January next succeeding their election.
Accounts Auditing Committee shall examine
the details of the financial state, bank
account of the IMGC and working papers of
the Secretary General! Treasurer, together
with any financial details relating to the
Headquarters. They shall give a report to
the Congress on the Secretary General!
Treasurer Report, Balance Sheet and
appertaining to these statutes shall come
into force when approved by a Congress, and
shall not be altered or rescinded unless a
subsequent Congress shall decide so.
Article 23 Interpretation
for interpreting any dispute arising out of
these Statutes, or the Bye-Laws appertaining
thereto, shall reside in the president for
the time being, who shall seek the advice of
the Executive Board or Congress before
taking the final decision.
Article 24 Modification of the Statute
Notwithstanding Article 17 (quorums) these
Statutes may only be modified by the
Congress or by an Extraordinary Congress
convened especially for that purpose.
Article 25 Dissolution
intended dissolution of the IMGC shall
require an Extraordinary Meeting of the
Congress at which the proposed dissolution
shall be the sole item on the agenda.
upon the dissolution of the IMGC there
remains, after satisfaction of all its debts
and liabilities, any property whatsoever,
the same shall not be paid to, or
distributed among the Members of the IMGC,
but shall be applied to the furtherance of
any objects of the IMGC as may be determined
by the Congress at, or before, the time of
dissolution and if, in so far effect cannot
be given to the forgoing provisions, then to
some charitable object.
Article 1 Members
International Sports organisations
(generally known as International
Federations) governing at least one
Martial Art Games Committees which have one
or more Martial Art organisations of their
own country as member and be accredited with
a legal status approved by the Executive
Role of the Members
International Sports organisations:
the rules concerning the practice of their
respective sports and ensure their
their criteria of eligibility to the
responsibility for the technical control and
direction of their sports
Martial Art Games Committees:
Protect and promote Martial-Art in their
Send their national Martial-Art team to the
International Martial-Art Games, as well as
to regional and continental games controlled
Select a host city in their country and host
the International Martial-Art Games.
Investigations as to the bona-fides of any
applicant organization shall be conducted by
the Secretary General under the direction of
the president, but no commitment as to the
outcome of such application maybe given by
any person on behalf of the Congress.
Applications for membership must be
submitted to the Secretary General at least
6 (six) months prior to the commencement
date of the Congress at which the
application is to be considered, together
a copy of
and addresses of the Executive Committee or
other appropriate governing organism other
than the Congress or General Assembly
the last 3 (three) competitions organized by
the applicant d) copies of the financial
state, balance sheet and accounts
Article 4 Observer Status
organization considering joining the IMGC
may be granted the status of "observer" by
the Executive Board, for the duration of 1
(one) Congress. This status shall not carry
any right to speak except on the invitation
of the president or the chairman for the
status will normally only be granted for l
(one) Congress unless the Executive Board
finds there are extenuating circumstances
and authorises a prolongation of such
applicant for membership may not be
represented in the Congress at which its
application for membership is to be decided,
whether it has been represented as an
observer or not, other to reply to specific
questions by invitation until it has been
elected as a Member of IMGC.
Article 5 Delegates
maximum number of people who may attend any
meeting of the Congress is 3 (three) per
Member or Member organization, including any
interpreters. For the sake of these Bye-
Laws all Executive Board members shall be
counted in with the other people
representing the members to which they
of one Member may never vote in the name of
any other Member. If specifically requested
to do so, a delegate may speak on behalf of
another Member only by the invitation of the
president or the chairman for the time
delegates other than the president, chairman
or secretary general of the Member shall
send to the Secretariat (if time permits)
but in any case bring with them a letter of
authority, signed by one of the three
Officers referred to above.
Conduct of Meetings
suggestions to modify the Statutes or
Bye-Laws of the IMGC should reach the
Secretariat so as to be included in the
Agenda of the Executive Board meeting, at
least 6 (six) months before the date on
which the Executive Board meeting will take
place. After consideration the Executive
Board will pass on the proposal to the
members along with its comments at least 3
(three) months before the Congress.
least 6 (six) months before the date of the
Congress, the Secretariat shall send a
formal calling notice to all Members which
shall contain a request for any items which
any Member may wish to have included on the
agenda to be sent to the Secretariat within
4 (four) months before the meeting.
least 3 (three) months before the Congress
meets, the Secretariat shall circulate the
agenda as prepared by the Officers and/or
the Executive Board and including any items
referred in paragraph 7.3 of these Bye-Laws.
proposals for subsequent amendment of the
agenda must be sent in writing to the
Secretariat within 1 (one) month before the
Together with the agenda, the Secretariat
shall circulate details of any membership
applications and a brief description of and
results of any investigations made by the
Secretariat. Objections to or reservations
held regarding such membership applications
must be communicated immediately to the
Secretariat together with the reasons for
such objection or reservation.
shall preside over every meeting of the
Congress and the Executive Board. If the
President shall be absent or unable or
unwilling to preside, then the Congress or
Executive Board as the case may be, shall
elect one of their members to preside over
the meeting as Chairman for the time being.
Programme and Agenda
agenda for the Congress (other than
Extraordinary Congress) shall contain the
of the agenda
(by the Secretary General)
the previous meeting
arising from these minutes not the agenda
Balance sheet and Accounts
Accounts Auditing Committee report
Budget for forthcoming year
New membership applications
Elections (as necessary)
of date and place of next International
Martial Arts Games (IMG)
presented for information
place of next meeting
items requiring a decision to be made by the
IMGC must be in writing in one of the IMGC
official languages in the form of a
will be discussed in the absence of a
delegate able to speak on the resolution on
behalf of the proposing Member if so
resolution or proposals may be accepted from
the floor, other than formal ones relating
to adjournment of a vote immediately taking
Urgent matters, including matters brought
forward from meetings of the Executive
Board, and which the Executive Board
approves by a simple majority, must be
placed on the agenda and discussed provided
that 50-!. (fifty per cent) of the Members
present and voting agree to do so.
Papers / Documents for information,
discussion, or decision shall not be read to
the Congress. They shall be distributed or
circulated among the Members prior to the
meeting. The author may then elaborate on
any points be believes necessary by
permission of the president or the chairman
for the time being. The paper document may
then be discussed and the author questioned
by the delegates during such period of time
as the president or the chairman for the
time being so decides.
minutes of the meetings shall be prepared in
the official languages and circulated by the
Secretariat under the direction of the
Secretary General and after approval by the
President within 2 (two) months of the
correction or alteration to the minutes win
be accepted unless written notification has
been received and acknowledged by the
Secretariat within 4 (four) months of the
date of circulation of the minutes to the
Article 7 IMGC Executive Board
constitution procedure for the IMGC
Executive Board shall take place in the
members, to be elected by the Congress, the
elections taking place in the following
individually: 1 (one) President
collectively: 5 (five) Members
collectively: confirmation of the elections
of the 5 (five) vice-presidents
nominations for the Executive Board must
come from the nominee's own Organization
Nominations for the President and the 5
(five) Members must be notified in writing
to the Secretary General at the latest 48
(forty eight) hours before the beginning of
the meeting where the elections are going to
take place. The Secretary General will issue
a note indicating the deadline to be
observed, together with the Congress working
Nominations, which arrive after the
deadline, shall not be taken into
shall simultaneously be a candidate for
several positions within the Executive
Board; his election to a given position
invalidates his applications for the other
deadline for receiving nominations has been
reached, the list of nominees for president,
5 (five) vice-presidents and 5 (five)
members will be distributed to the delegates
at the Congress.
start of the constitution procedure, the
Congress will elect 1 (one) steward and 2
(two) scrutinizers, chosen from amongst the
delegates who are not nominated for office.
They will be in charge of all operations in
connection with the elections. The steward
reports to the Chairman at the time of his
r~ who in turn informs the Congress.
election of the President, the out-going
President will, if seeking re-election,
surrender the chair to a "Chairman
Pro-term", who having been duly elected,
will then conduct this election.
Immediately after the election of the
President, the out-going or re-elected
President will take the chair and preside
over the Congress.
elected President, Vice-Presidents and
Executive Board Members take office after
the close of the Congress.
papers for the collective election of the 5
(five) Vice-Presidents must bear 5 (five)
names of different candidates.
slips bearing more or less than 5 (five)
different names shall be invalid.
The voting papers for the collective
election of the 5 (five) Executive Board
Members must bear 5 (five) names of
slips bearing more or less than 5 (five)
different names shall be invalid.
President or a retiring Executive Board
Member who has rendered services to the IMGC
may be granted the title of "Honorary
President" or "Honorary Member"
respectively, by the Congress on a proposal
made by the Executive Board.
or notification to a Member shall be deemed
to have been properly delivered provided it
was sent to the last address of which the
Member informed the Secretariat.
Notification regarding suspension, expulsion
or dissolution shall always be sent by
Article 10 International Martial Arts
Organization of the International Martial
Organization of the International Martial
Arts Games shall belong to the right of the
International Martial Arts Games shall be
organized every 2 years.
of the International Martial Arts Games
shall not exceed 10 days.
International Martial Arts Games shall be
hosted by a city authorized by the
of Host City
have a privilege to make a final selection
of a hast city for the
Martial Arts Games.
city, which has won an approval of NMGC in
its own country, can apply for hosting of
the International Martial Arts Games.
shall be registered as a candidate for host
only when the city authority submit to the
IMGC Secretariat an official document
whereby he or she pledges that the city will
host the International Martial Arts Games in
conformity with the IMGC Constitution.
Secretariat shall submit the relevant
information on the registered candidate
cities to the IMGC Congress, which win make
a final selection by simple majority vote.
city for the International Martial Arts
Games shall be decided 2 years before the
opening date of the Games.
Eligibility for Participation in the
International Martial Arts Games
groups or individuals belong to NMGC
recognized by the IMGC shall be eligible to
participate in the International Martial
The age of
participation shall not be decided by the
IMGC. The limit of the age shall be applied
to the tournament rules of the international
martial art federations.
the International Martial Arts Games
Programme Committee shall recommend the
events of the International Martial Arts
Games to the Executive Board to be
considered and decided. They shall be
approved at the Congress.
of the International Martial Arts Games
shall be disseminated over at least 15