Article 1: Name
The name of the organisation shall be “The International Martial Art Games Committee” and the official abbreviation is “IMGC”.
Article 2: Description
2.1 The IMGC is a non-governmental and non-profit making International Martial Art Organisation contributing to Martial Art Sports, on educational, scientific and technical levels through the organisation of international, continental and regional martial art games.
2.2 The IMGC consists of continental and national martial arts games committees as its main composition members and international martial arts organisations.
2.3 Its members shall retain their autonomy and independence.
Article 3: Objectives
The principal objectives of the IMGC are:
3.1 To organise International Martial Art Games for all martial arts sports practiced in the world and through this process, to preserve and develop all martial arts sports as a common good for mankind along with social development.
3.2 To provide all martial arts organisations of the world, regardless of the sizes of their organizations, with an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and abilities and show their martial art value through friendly competitions.
3.3 To promote friendship and goodwill under the ideal of “Friendship, Cooperation, Development” with no discrimination relating to the following criteria, irrespective of ideology, sex, religion, race, nationality and martial arts styles.
3.4 To encourage and promote cooperation and to marginalise the technical divergences of the organisations of each martial art category through the International Martial Art Games With the goal of conformity in the Martial Art Movement and its values. 3.5 Other objectives may from time to time be defined by the Executive Board.
Article 4: Headquarters
4.1 The permanent Headquarters of the IMGC shall be located in Pyongyang, DPR Korea, the birthplace of the Founder of IMGC, the late Gen. Choi Hong Hi.
4.2 The Secretariat for daily work and some relevant departments shall be in this Headquarters.
Article 5: Official Language
5.1 The official language of the IMGC is English.
Article 6: Symbol, Flag, Song and Torch Tower of the IMGC
6.1 The IMGC shall have its symbol, flag, song and torch tower.
6.1.1 The symbol and flag are the ones made by Gen. Choi Hong Hi, the founder of the IMGC, and used since its inauguration congress on Sep. 2. 1999.
6.1.2 A song of the IMGC shall be composed and once it is approved by the Executive Board, it shall be an official song of the IMGC.
6.1.3 The torch tower is the one, which is situated in Pyongyang, DPR Korea, the birthplace of Gen. Choi Hong Hi, the founder of the IMGC and was lit for the first time in the history of the martial arts movement in the opening ceremony of the 1st IMG in Sep. 2004.
All flames to be lit in IMGs shall be carried to the IMG venues from the torch tower in Pyongyang through various means.
6.2 The symbol, flag, song, torch tower are the intellectual and material property of the IMGC
6.3 The continental and national martial arts games committees can register the symbol and flag of the IMGC in their respective countries on behalf of the IMGC and use them subject to the previous agreements between the IMGC and the continental/national martial arts games committees.
Article 7: International Martial Arts Games - IMG
7.1 The International Martial Arts Games is the Tournament in which all martial arts sports in IMGC have their own Events, not between the different sports.
7.2 The martial art sport which is unable to compete as it is not practised in the international scale shall show its value through demonstrations.
7.3 The International Martial Arts Games is the Martial Arts Sports Event in which the athletes of all ages take part for competition and demonstration.
7.4 The IMG will comply with an internationally recognized anti-drugs code.
7.5 The IMG are the exclusive property of the IMGC.
MEMBERSHIP and AFFILIATION
Article 8: Members
8.1 The members of the IMGC are drawn from all walks of life.
8.2 The total number of IMGC members may not exceed 30. The IMGC is composed of a majority of members whose memberships are not linked to any specific function or office; their total number may not exceed 16; there may be no more than one such member of one given country.
8.3 Presidents or persons holding an executive or senior leadership position within
International Federations (IF’s), associations of IF’s or other organisations recognized by the IMGC; the total number of whom may not exceed 8.
8.4 Presidents or persons holding an executive or senior leadership position within National Martial Arts Games Committees (NMGC’s), associations of NMGC’s; the total number of whom may not exceed 6. There may be no more than one such member of any given country within the IMGC.
Article 9: International Federations
9.1 The IMGC may recognise as IF’s International Martial Arts Organisations
9.2 The recognised International Federations shall be obliged to assume the responsibility of technical control and for the development of their martial art sports in the IMGC and worldwide as well.
Article 10: Umbrella organisations of the IMGC
10.1 The IMGC may recognise National Martial Arts Organisations called National Martial Art Games Committees (NMGC).
10.2 The role of the NMGC’s is to develop and protect the Martial Art Games Movement in their respective countries
10.3 The IMGC can have Continental Martial Art Games Committees under review for consistent promotion and activation of the martial arts in the continents.
10.4 The Continental Martial Art Games Committees shall protect the NMGCs and organise the regional Martial Arts Games in the respective areas.
Article 11: Termination of membership and affiliation
11.1 Any member, affiliated IF or NMGC can submit its written resignation to the IMGC HQ at any time, provided that at the time of resignation the IF or NMGC has no outstanding liabilities to the IMGC and with the acceptance of the resignation the affiliation or recognition shall be terminated.
11.2 In the case of expulsion from the IMGC by the decision of the Congress the membership or recognition shall automatically be terminated.
Article 12: Obligation and right of the members
12.1 A Member has one vote and the right to elect/be elected.
12.2 A Member may speak on behalf of another Member only if specifically requested by the relevant Member and after ratification, at the invitation of the President or of the Chairman.
Article 13: The organs of the IMGC are:
13.1 The Congress,
13.2 The Executive Board,
13.3 The President.
Article 14: IMGC Congress
14.1 The congress is a meeting attended by the Members and the affiliated.
14.2 The congress is the supreme governing organ of the IMGC.
14.3 The congress shall be held every 2 years.
14.4 The congress’ decisions are final.
14.5 The congress deals with the followings:
14.5.1 Adoption, modification and addition of the IMGC Statutes.
14.5.2 Approval of the minutes of the last meeting
14.5.3 Election of president of 6 year’s term, Vice-Presidents, Secretary General and Executive Board Members of 4 year’s term
14.5.4 Approval/disapproval of the recognition, suspension, and expulsion of a Member
14.5.5 Report on the activities between IMGC congresses
14.5.6 Election of the Auditor who holds the office of certified public accountant.
14.5.7 Approval of the budget, financial statement
14.5.8 Determining the place and date of the IMG
14.5.9 Determining the place and date of the congress
Article 15: Extraordinary Congress
15.1 An Extraordinary Congress may be convened at the written request from more than half of the Members having the right to vote for an Extraordinary Congress.
15.2 The Motions for the Extraordinary Congress must be sent to the IMGC HQ together with the request for an Extraordinary Congress.
15.3 The place and date of the Extraordinary Congress shall be determined by the President.
Notification of the meeting will be sent out to the members at least 30 (thirty) days in advance.
15.4 At such an Extraordinary Congress, no other business, other than that specified in the notification shall be conducted without the written consent of the President.
Article 16: Executive Board
The Executive Board shall comprise 9 members including the President, Vice-Presidents, the Secretary General and other Members.
All the members of the Executive Board are elected by the Congress, upon secret ballot, by a majority of votes cast
16.3 Powers and Duties
The Executive Board manages the affairs of the IMGC. In particular, it performs the following duties:
16.3.1 it will attend to the observance of the IMGC Statutes;
16.3.2 it will assume the ultimate responsibility for the administration of the IMGC;
16.3.3 it will approve the IMGC’s internal organization, and all internal regulations relating to its organisation;
16.3.4 it is responsible for the management of the IMGC’s finances and prepares an annual report;
16.3.5 it submits to the IMGC Congress the names of the persons whom it recommends for election to the IMGC;
16.3.6 it will establish the agenda for the IMGC Congresses;
16.3.7 it enacts, in the form it deems most appropriate, (codes, rulings, norms, guidelines, guides, instructions) all regulations necessary to ensure the proper implementations of the IMGC Statutes and the organization of the IMG;
16.3.8 it will perform all other duties assigned by the Congress.
16.3.9 The Executive Board will meet when convened by the President on the latter’s initiative or at the request of the majority of its members.
Article 17: President
17.1 A President will be elected for a term of six years by the Congress upon a secret ballot from amongst its members. The President may be re-elected for successive four-year terms.
17.2 If the President is unable to fulfil the duties of his office, the Vice-President, who is senior in such office, replaces him until a new President is elected at the next IMGC Congress. The new President then completes the term of office of the President whom he replaces. The President is then eligible for re-election in accordance with the first sentence of 17.1 above.
17.3 The President presides over all activities of the IMGC and represents it permanently.
Article 18: Commissions
The Executive Board may set up commissions for specific departments (as laid down in the bye-laws).
Article 19: Voting and Elections
19.1 All Members shall have one vote and suffrage in adoption of decision.
19.2 A Member from an affiliated organization that has not paid the affiliation fee until the commencement of the congress shall have no voting right.
19.3 No Member is allowed to vote by proxy.
19.4 All decisions and elections taken to a vote shall be decided by a simple majority i.e. 50% plus one vote.
19.5 A secret ballot shall be applied in case that more than half of the members request for it.
19.6 Voting in favour of the Dissolution or Amendment of the Statutes shall require a two thirds majority of the eligible voting members.
19.7 Except in the case of elections or a secret ballot, voting shall always be conducted by a simply show of hands.
Article 20: Suspension
20.1 The IMGC may suspend any EB member, member or affiliated or recognised organization according to the resolution of the Congress or the Executive Board.
20.1.1 Affiliated or recognised organisations that commit the infringements against the Statutes and Bye-Laws of the IMGC may be suspended.
20.1.2 Suspension may automatically be applied to an EB member and to a member who does not attend the congresses for two successive meetings.
20.1.3 Suspension may automatically be applied to an EB member who fails to attend two successive EB meetings.
20.2 Enforcement of suspension shall be decided by simple majority (half plus one) by the Congress or the Executive Board.
Article 21: Expulsion
21.1 Any affiliated organization may be expelled from IMGC by the decision of the Congress in the case that it is proved that they may have inflicted injury to the IMGC.
21.2 Enforcement of expulsion shall be decided by 2/3(two thirds) majority of the Members to the Congress.
Article 22: Entry fee, Membership fee
22.1 An organisation seeking affiliation to the IMGC will pay an entry fee, the amount of which shall be decided by the Executive Board.
22.2 The entry fee should be paid within 30 days after admission.
22.3 All affiliated organisations of the IMGC shall be obliged to pay the annual membership fee.
22.4 The amount of the entry fee, the annual membership fee and other revenues shall be decided by the Executive Board.
Article 23: Budget
23.1 The fiscal year of the IMGC shall run from the 1st of January to the 31st of December.
23.2 The budget shall be drafted by the Headquarters but will be approved by the President and adopted by the Executive Board.
23.3 The IMGC shall be financially bound, within the limits of the approved budget, by the signature of the President.
Article 24: Treasurer and Auditor
24.1 The headquarters shall have a Treasurer by the appointment of the President.
24.2 The Treasurer shall engage in making budget, financial transaction, bank accounts, bookkeeping and etc. and make regular reports to the EB.
24.3 An internationally competent certified public accountant shall be appointed by the EB and approved by the Congress to audit the annual accounts of the IMGC
Article 25: Bye-Laws
25.1 The Bye-Laws are defined by the Executive Board and are approved by the Congress.
25.2 The Bye-Laws shall not be altered or rescinded unless a subsequent Congress shall decide so.
Article 26: Interpretation
The authority for evaluating any dispute arising out of these Statutes or the Bye-Laws appertaining thereto, shall reside in the President for the time being.
Article 27: Dissolution
27.1 The intended dissolution of the IMGC shall require an Extraordinary Congress at which the item on the agenda shall only be the proposed dissolution.
27.2 The dissolution of the organization requires two thirds majority of the members voting in favour of it.
27.3 If upon the dissolution of the IMGC there remains, after settling all its debts and liabilities, any property whatsoever excepting the intellectual properties, the same shall not be paid to, or distributed amongst 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 foregoing provisions, then to some charitable organisations.
27.4 The intellectual property shall be conveyed to the International Martial Art Foundation (IMAF).
Article 28: Dispute Resolution
28.1 All disputes between the IMGC and NMGCs/IMFs or between NMGCs/IMFs arising outside of IMGC statutes shall be settled in amicable negotiations.
28.2 In the case the dispute is not settled according to 28.1, it shall be recommended for arbitration in a third country to be mutually agreed.
28.3 Disputes that cannot be settled according to 28.2 shall be submitted to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and its decisions are final.