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New sports federations bylaw offers ‘radical solutions’ says JOC

The Jordan Olympic Committee’s headquarters in Amman. (Photo: Jordan News)
The Jordan Olympic Committee’s headquarters in Amman. (Photo: Jordan News)
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AMMAN — The Cabinet on Sunday endorsed the 2021 sports federation bylaw, in a bid to tackle some of the pressing issues that have hindered these federations’ progress for years.اضافة اعلان

The new bylaw will allow the Jordan Olympic Committee (JOC) to assume an oversight role over sports federations, granting it the power to evaluate, suspend or resume federation activities.

Under the new regulations, the JOC will also have the ability to approve the establishment or dissolution of sports federations and to resolve conflicts between a federation’s board, and its members.

JOC Vice President Sari Hamdan believes will bring about “radical solutions” to the various problems that have plagued the Kingdom’s sports federations over the past four years, noting that some 11 such federations are governed by temporary committees at the moment.

“Several federations are struggling with internal problems, which they could no longer address after losing quorum. The new bylaw will attempt to solve these issues by balancing between the number of elected sports federation officials and their counterparts who are selected on the basis of expertise,” Hamdan told Jordan News in an interview.

He added: The new regulations permit each sports federation to draft their own, modern bylaw, which is on par with those of continental federations to seek accountability for any form of negligence.”

President of the Jordan Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation Mamoun Kalimat said welcomed the new legislation, saying: “We support the JOC’s supervisory roles, especially since our cards on the table.”

Kalimat declined, however, to comment on any of the new bylaw’s specific provisions.

For his part, head of the Jordan Volleyball Federation Tayseer Al-Mansi said that like any bylaw, the one at hand will have its own advantages and disadvantages and cannot appease all parties.

Speaking to Jordan News, Masni said: “We can only hope that , especially since it is meant to remedy certain regulatory, administrative and legislative gaps that have appeared in the past,” adding that the JOC’s role as a supervisor of sports federations is “nothing new”.

The bylaw will apply to the sports federation elections, which are set to take place after the end of the Olympics in August.

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