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INTERPRETATION CLAUSE

CHAPTERⅠ
ARTICLE 1
  • This organization shall be called "THE INTERNATIONAL SOFT TENNIS FEDERATION" The abbreviation shall be I.S.T.F.
CHAPTER II
INSTITUTIONS, OBLIGATIONS, OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
ARTICLE 2
  • The I.S.T.F is the supreme authority governing the sport of soft tennis world-wide.
ARTICLE 3
  • The Member Associations affiliated to the I.S.T.F shall recognize one another as the sole authority in charge of soft tennis in their respective countries or areas.
ARTICLE 4
  • The Member Associations shall adhere to the I.S.T.F Constitution, Regulations, Rules and Decisions.
ARTICLE 5
  • English shall be the official language of the I.S.T.F.
CHAPTER III
OBJECTIVES
ARTICLE 6
  • The I.S.T.F shall apply the principles of the International Olympic Committee(I.O.C) and promote mutual understanding and friendly relations among Member Associations, thus contributing to the development, improvement and popularity of soft tennis throughout the world.

CHAPTER IV
BUSINESS ACTIVITIES
ARTICLE 7
  • To accomplish the objectives stated in ARTICLE 6 above, the I.S.T.F shall be committed to the following :
    1. To organize and supervise Soft Tennis Championships and competition worldwide;
    2. To ensure the regular staging of the World Soft Tennis Championships once every four years;
    3. To encourage the affiliation of new members;
    4. To make utmost efforts for the inclusion of soft tennis competition in the Olympic Games hosted by IOC;
    5. To issue the official soft tennis rules and standardize their interpretation;
    6. To encourage the organization of courses and clinics on soft tennis for the improvement of technical and refereeing skills; and
    7. To carry out actions as may be necessary or expedient to fulfill the objectives of the I.S.T.F.
CHAPTER V
HEADQUARTERS
ARTICLE 8
  • The Headquarters of the I.S.T.F shall be decided at the General Assembly meeting.
CHAPTER Ⅵ
COMPOSITION
ARTICLE 9
  • The organs of the I.S.T.F are :
    1. General Assembly
    2. Council
    3. Executive Committee
CHAPTER VII
OFFICIALS
ARTICLE 10
  • The I.S.T.F shall appoint the following officials :
    President -------------------------------- one position
    Deputy President ---------------------- one position
    ⇒The First Deputy President-------- one position
    ⇒The Second Deputy President---- one position
    Vice President -------------------------- one position
    ⇒The Second Deputy President---- one position
    Secretary-General ----------------------- one position
    Deputy Secretary-General ------------ one position
    Council Member ------------------------- one person from each Member Association
ARTICLE 11
  • 1. The President, the Deputy President, the Vice President, and the Secretary-General shall be elected at the General Assembly of the I.S.T.F
    2. The Council shall be approved by the President on the recommen- dation of their respective Member Associations.
    3. The Deputy Secretary-General shall be nominated by the President.
ARTICLE 12
  • 1. The President shall :
    (1) represent the I.S.T.F ;
    (2) exercise general control over the operations of the I.S.T.F ;
    (3) preside over the meeting of the General Assembly, the Council, and the Executive Committee and in case of a tie at those meetings, the Chairman shall have the casting vote.
    2. The Deputy President shall perform the duties and functions of the President and act in his/her absence. The Vice Presidents shall assist the President and Deputy President in carrying out their duties.
    3. The Secretary-General shall :
    (1) carry out decisions made at the meetings of the General Assembly, the Council, and the Executive Committee ;
    (2) prepare reports and forward them for the General Assembly, the council, and the Executive Committee ; and
    (3) be in charge of the I.S.T.F administration.
    4. The Deputy Secretary-General shall assist the Secretary-General.
ARTICLE 13
  • The I.S.T.F officials may hold as such for one term of 4 years period and are eligible for re-election. In special circumstances, the General Assembly may elect officials to fill vacancies before the expiration of the four year term of office ; a two-thirds majority is required in such elections. In unexpected situations, if all the officials resign leaving 1 year in and out, the General Assembly Meeting can elect new officials and the term of the members is four years.
ARTICLE 14
  • On the recommendation of the Council, the General Assembly may grant honorary titles, corresponding the positions previously held, to persons who have given long, outstanding services to the I.S.T.F. Such persons may attend meetings as observers.
CHAPTER VIII
GENERAL ASSEMBLY
ARTICLE 15
  • The General Assembly is the supreme body of the I.S.T.F and its decisions shall be observed by the I.S.T.F bodies and all Member Associations.
ARTICLE 16
  • 1. The General Assembly shall be composed of delegates from each Member Association. Each Member Association may send no more than two delegates to the General Assembly but each Association is entitled to only one vote.
    2. Accredited delegates shall be the members of the Associations in the territory they represent.
    3. The General Assembly may open when the delegates of at least a half of the Member Associations are present.
    4. A member Association may vote by proxy on matters previously circulated, in the event its delegate is not able to attend the General Assembly. And its voting in that case shall be effective one, as attended at the General Assembly.
ARTICLE 17
  • 1. The General Assembly shall be convened once every four years, in conjunction with the World Soft Tennis Championships.
    2. The General Assembly shall decide the date and venue of the next meeting of the General Assembly.
    3. The notice of the General Assembly shall be circulated to all Member Associations at least six months prior to the meeting date.
ARTICLE 18
  • Proposals from member Associations, to be tabled at the General Assembly, must reach the Secretary-General at least six months prior to the holding of the General Assembly.
ARTICLE 19
  • 1. The agenda and other materials shall be sent to the Member Associations not later than three months before the opening of the General Assembly.
    2. In an emergency business not on the agenda may be tabled provided that the General Assembly agrees by a three-fourths majority of the votes cast.
ARTICLE 20
  • In consultation with the President, the minutes of the General Assembly shall be recorded by the Secretary-General and sent to the Member Associations within three months of the closing of the General Assembly.
CHAPTER IX
COUNCIL
ARTICLE 21
  • Candidates to the Council shall be recommended by their Member Associations in accordance with the provisions in the Constitution.
ARTICLE 22
  • 1. The Council Members shall hold office for a term of four years and shall be eligible for re-election.
    2. If no written objections are raised by the Member Associations concerned three months before the opening of the General Assembly,the Council members can be re-elected.
    3. If a Council Member is unable to serve, he/she shall be substituted by another person from the Member Association concerned and he/she shall serve for the remainder of the term.
ARTICLE 23
  • A Council Member who misses two consecutive meetings shall be considered to have resigned, except in special cases.
ARTICLE 24
  • 1. The Council shall meet once or twice a year as determined by the President.
    2. The Council shall implement the decisions made at the General Assembly, deal with matters of urgency and submit reports to the General Assembly.
    3. The Council may, by the approval of the General Assembly form the following committees to assist in its work:
    (1) General Affairs Committee
    (2) International Affairs Committee
    (3) Training and Competition Committee
    (4) Umpires and Rules Committee
    (5) Sporting Facilities and Equipment Committee
    (6) Sports Scientific Research Committee
    (7) Financial Affairs Committee
    (8) Reward & Punishment Committee
CHAPTER X
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
ARTICLE 25
  • The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, the Deputy President, the Vice President, and the Secretary-General.(위 정관변경으로 수정되어야 할듯)
ARTICLE 26
  • The Executive Committee shall hold meetings at least once a year at the discretion of the President.
CHAPTER XI
DUES
ARTICLE 27
  • 1. Associations shall be affiliated to the I.S.T.F at their own request and by the decision of the General Assembly.
    2. The Council may provisionally approve the affiliation of an Association;provisional affiliations shall be approved by the General Assembly.
ARTICLE 28
  • An Association desiring to be affiliated to the I.S.T.F shall submit to the I.S.T.F office a written application which must be signed by its President and
    Secretary-General
ARTICLE 29
  • Any Member Association wishing to resign from the Council shall do so by registered letter and must confirm its resignation three months later by another registered letter.
ARTICLE 30
  • The rights and obligations of the resigning Member Association shall cease when its resignation becomes effective. The resigned Member Association shall have no claims on the assets of the I.S.T.F, its committees concerned and its Member Associations.
CHAPTER XII
AFFILIATION, RESIGNATION
ARTICLE 31
  • A Member Association of the I.S.T.F shall pay an affiliation fee of U.S. one hundred dollars(US$100.00)
ARTICLE 32
  • Each Member Association shall pay an annual membership fee of U.S one hundred dollars(US$50.00)?? The fee shall mainly be directed into administrative expenses.
CHAPTER XIII
DISSOLUTION
ARTICLE 33
  • The I.S.T.F may only be dissolved at a General Assembly or Extraordinary General Assembly, at which four-fifths of the delegates of Member Associations are present, and by a three-fourths majority of the votes cast in a secret ballot.
CHAPTER XIV
BY LAWS
ARTICLE 34
  • This Constitution may be revised and amended only at a General Assembly.
ARTICLE 35
  • The English edition of the Constitution of the I.S.T.F shall be the standard and official version.
ARTICLE 36
  • This Constitution was enacted on October 12, 1974 and was amended on December 11, 1986, August 28, 1987, September 26, 1990. It was amended again on May 11, 1999 and shall become effective from that time.