STATUTE OF THE MALTESE OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
1.1 The Organisation shall be called “The Maltese Olympic Committee” hereinafter referred to as the MOC and shall be the supreme and exclusive authority on matters relating to representation of Malta at the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Mediterranean Games, Games of Small States of Europe and other International Games which fall under the jurisdiction of the Maltese Olympic Committee.
- The MOC is autonomous and shall resist all pressures of any kind whatsoever, whether political, religious, racial or economic, and commits itself to taking action against any form of discrimination and violence in sport. Moreover, this statute shall, at all times, be in accordance with the Olympic Charter. The MOC undertakes to comply with the rules and by-laws of the IOC with regards to the participation of athletes in the Olympic Games.
- The Maltese Olympic Emblem is designed as follows: A Red Maltese Cross above five interlaced rings, known as the “Olympic Rings” – blue, yellow, black, green and red – arranged in that order from left to right, the blue colour being placed on the top left hand side. The Flag shall consist of the MOC Emblem on white background. These have been approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and are the exclusive property of the MOC. Should an anthem be adopted by the MOC, this will have to be approved by the IOC. The address of the MOC shall be at the National Swimming Pool Complex, Gzira, or at any other address as the Executive Committee may from time to time decide.
1.4 The language of the MOC is the Maltese language. The Maltese and English languages shall be the official languages of the MOC and the administration may for all official purposes use any of such languages.
1.5 The Maltese Olympic Committee is a non Profit Organisation
2.1 The objectives of the MOC shall be:
2.1.1 To encourage and promote interests in such sports as may form part of the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Mediterranean Games, Games of the Small State of Europe as well as any International Games, for which participation falls under the jurisdiction of the MOC.
2.1.2 To foster and if necessary subsidise the representation for Malta at the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and Mediterranean Games, Games of Small States of Europe as well as any International Games.
2.1.3 To ensure that preparations by prospective participants are of a standard that would ensure participation with honour in all events.
- To contribute in any way to the propagation of the Fundamental Principles of the Olympic Movement. Consequently the MOC shall:
- Propagate the fundamental principles of Olympism at national level within the framework of sports activity and otherwise contribute, among other things, to the diffusion of Olympism in the teaching programmes of physical education and sport in schools and university establishments. The MOC is to see to the creation of institutions, which devote themselves to Olympic education and in particular to concern itself with the establishment and activities of National Olympic Academies, Olympic Museums and cultural programmes related to the Olympic Movement.
- Ensure the observance of the Olympic Charter, and shall in particular be bound by Articles 28, 29, 38 and 45 of the Charter
- Encourage the development of sport.
- Help in the training of sports administrators.
- Fight against the use of substances and procedures prohibited by the IOC or the IFs.
- Work to maintain harmonious and cooperative relations with appropriate governmental bodies. Nevertheless, the MOC shall preserve its autonomy and resist all pressures of any kind, including those of a political, religious or economic nature that may prevent it from complying with the Olympic Charter.”
- To offer solutions to the various problems of sport in Malta and to develop sport in general in Malta.
- a) The Maltese Olympic Committee, an organisation belonging to the Olympic Movement, hereby undertakes to respect the provisions of the Olympic Charter and the Olympic Movement Anti Doping Code and to abide by the decisions of the IOC.
- b) The MOC undertakes, in accordance with its mission and role at national level, to participate in actions to promote peace and to promote women in sport, and to support and encourage the promotion of sports ethics, to fight against doping and to demonstrate a responsible concern for environmental issues.
- c) The MOC is in favour of the implementation of World Anti-Doping Code (Rule 28.2.6 of the Olympic Charter), thereby ensuring that the anti-doping policies and rules, membership and / or funding requirements and results management procedures conform with the World Anti Doping Code and respects all the roles and responsibilities for NOC’s that are listed within the World Anti Doping Code.
2.1.7 The mission of the MOC is to develop and protect the Olympic Movement in Malta in accordance with the Olympic Charter. In order to fulfil its mission, the MOC may cooperate with governmental or non-governmental bodies. However, the MOC must never associate itself with any activity, which would be in contradiction with the Olympic Charter
3.1 The MOC shall be affiliated to the International Olympic Committee, Commonwealth Games Federation, Mediterranean Games Organisation and the Games of the Small States of Europe. The MOC may also affiliate to any other international sports organisation.
4.1 The MOC shall consist of:
- Affiliated Associations / Federations / Sports Union.
4.1.2 The President and Secretary General of the MOC.
- The Maltese member(s) of the IOC.
4.1.4 Olympians as specified in art 5.1.15.
4.1.5 Government or other public authorities shall not designate any members of an NOC.
4.1.6 The individual members of the MOC, with the exception of those who devote themselves to the administration of sport, shall accept no salary or bonus of any kind in consideration for the performance of their functions.
- A member, honorary member or any person expelled from the IOC may not be a member of the MOC.”
5 ELIGIBILITY FOR AFFILIATION
- All properly constituted active local Associations / Federations / Sports Union organising, on a national level, a sports which forms part of the programme of any Games that fall under the jurisdiction of the MOC, or a sport which is either recognised by the IOC or any other sport, including traditional sport, shall be eligible for affiliation to the MOC.
The MOC shall include all national federations affiliated to the IFs governing sports included in the programme of the Olympic Games or the representatives designated by them (with a minimum of five such national federations). Proof must be adducted that these national federations exercise a specific and real sports activity in their country and internationally, in particular by organizing and participating in competitions and implementing training programmes for athletes. The MOC shall not recognize more than one national federation for each sport governed by such IF.
Athletes or retired athletes having taken part in the Olympic Games; however, the latter must retire from their posts at the latest by the end of the third Olympiad after the last Olympic Games in which they took part.
The NOCs may also include as members:
- a) National federations affiliated to IFs recognized by the IOC, the sports of which are not included in the programme of the Olympic Games.
- b) Multi-sports groups and other sports-oriented organizations or their representatives, as well as nationals of the country liable to reinforce the effectiveness of the MOC or who have rendered distinguished services to the cause of sport of Olympism”.
5.1.1 Each particular sport shall be represented in the Maltese Olympic Committee by one Association / Federation / Sports Union.
5.1.2 All applications for affiliation shall be examined by the Executive Committee in order to verify whether such applications are in conformity with these Rules. The Committee will then submit its recommendations to the Council for final decision.
5.1.3 If it results to the satisfaction of the MOC Executive Committee that any affiliated Association / Federation / Sports Union is in default in respect of any of the criteria for affiliation as established in this article, the Executive Committee will then recommend to the Council that such Association / Federation / Sports Union be either suspended or expelled. The Executive Committee may also make such recommendation for any reason which it deems fit. The Council will then have the power to suspend for a definite time or expel such Association / Federation / Sports Union.
5.1.4 A motion of removal of an affiliated Association / Federation / Sports Union or any individual member must appear on the Agenda of the meeting and shall require the approval of at least two-thirds of the members present at the meeting for its adoption.
5.1.5 Any individual may be suspended or otherwise dealt with. He shall be notified by registered letter within seven days of suspension, the date and period of suspension.
5.1.6 An Association / Federation / Sports Union which is suspended shall be notified by registered letter by not later than seven days of the decision indicating the date and period of suspension.
- A term of suspension commences from the time it is pronounced by the MOC unless otherwise stipulated and does not expire until the close of the day named in the decision.
5.1.8 Any properly constituted active local sports Association / Federation / Sports Union, which is not an MOC affiliated Association / Federation / Sports Union, and which must have been set up for at least two years, may be accepted by the Council, with a unanimous vote, as an Associate member of the Maltese Olympic Committee.
5.1.9 An Association / Federation / Sports Union which potentially can become a full member of the MOC requires a two thirds majority vote of the Council to be accepted.
5.1.10 One representative of each Associate member shall have the right to attend Council Meetings, but shall not have the right to vote.
- Associate and/or recognised members may benefit from any programme or project of the Maltese Olympic Committee.
- The MOC shall recognise the Olympians Club composed of athletes or retired athletes having taken part in the Olympic Games.
- The Olympians Club shall be constituted according to Annex ‘C’.
- For the purpose of representing of the Olympians Club on the MOC Council, such athlete will only be eligible up to the third Olympiad after the last Olympic Games in which he/she took part.
- The Olympians Club shall have one representative on the Council.
6 GOVERNING BODY
6.1 The Council shall be the highest organ of the MOC and will be the policy-making body.
6.1.1 The President of the MOC, the Secretary General of the MOC and the two representatives of each of the affiliated Associations / Federations /Sports Union, whose fees are paid up, shall constitute the Council and shall have voting powers. The President shall also have a casting vote.
6.1.2 a Legal representation of the MOC shall be vested in the Secretary General or the person or persons so appointed for the particular issue by the Management Board.
6.1.2b All Elected members of the Executive shall assume office immediately after the meeting at which they are elected and remain in office until the end of their respective term of office or until they retire. Members will be eligible for re-election
6.1.3 The Council shall have the power to co-opt not more than four members from outside the Organisation for a period of not more than one year. However, the Council may appoint any number of individuals to assist on any specific project which does not have a direct bearing on the administration of the MOC.
- The President and Secretary General of the MOC shall relinquish their post as President, Secretary General or Treasurer of any affiliated Association / Federation / Sports Union, if they hold such posts on being elected as officers of the MOC. The President and Secretary General of the MOC cannot hold the post of President, Secretary General
or Treasurer with any affiliated Association / Federation / Sports Union.
7 THE COUNCIL
7.1 The Council shall have the power to administer the affairs of the MOC and shall consist of the following:
7.1.1 The President of the MOC.
7.1.2 The Secretary General of the MOC.
7.1.3 The Maltese member/s of the IOC.
7.1.4 The co-opted members but without the right to vote.
7.1.5 Two representatives of each of the affiliated Associations / Federations / Sports Union.
- The members of the Executive Committee who are not the Council Members, but without the right to vote.
7.1.7 Representative of the Olympians Club.
8 COUNCIL REGULATIONS
- The MOC Council will meet a minimum of two times a year, once in the first six months of the year and once in the last six months of the year.
- Documents to be discussed and approved by Council shall be submitted to all council members at least 30 days prior to the meeting.
8.3 Twenty-five per cent of all the members of the MOC having the right to vote shall form a quorum at all meetings. If the said quorum is not attained, the meeting will start after 30 minutes with the members present..
8.4.1 Save as specified in 8.4.2 below, the following shall have the right to vote at all meetings: –
- a) The President;
- b) The Secretary General;
- c) The Maltese Member/s of the IOC, if any;
- d) Two representatives of each of the affiliated Associations / Federations / Sports Union.
e) Representative of the Olympians Club.
- The President and Secretary General have no vote in respect of the elections of the Executive Committee members.
- When dealing with questions relating to the Olympic Games, only the votes cast by national federations affiliated to IFs governing sports included in the programme of the Olympic Games are taken into consideration.”
8.5.2 The MOC shall not recognise more than one national federation for each sport governed by such IF.
Furthermore, such national federations or the representatives chosen by them must constitute the voting majority of the MOC on Olympic matters.
When the representatives do not reach agreement on whether the subject discussed is an Olympic matter or otherwise, the President or person chairing the meeting shall rule on what constitutes an Olympic matter basing his decision on what is provided in the Olympic Charter. Such ruling shall not be subject to challenge by Council Members.
- Save as specified on Art 8.8.2 all votes shall be determined by simple majority of the members present.”
8.6 All voting at all council meetings shall be determined by the show of hands unless a secret vote is called by any member.
8.7 Council meetings shall be summoned by the Secretary General, following a discussion by the Executive. The Secretary General shall inform all those entitled to attend by means of a circular to be sent by not later than forty (40) days prior to the meeting for MOC Council meetings and by not later than sixty (60) days prior to the Elective General meeting. The accidental non-receipt of the Agenda or any document attached to it shall not be considered in any way an infringement of this sub-section.
- Amendments to the Statute can be discussed during any MOC Council Meeting of the year, or during any MOC Extraordinary Council Meeting, except during the MOC Elective General Assembly. Amendments to the statute may be proposed by the Executive Committee or by an affiliated Association / Federation / Sports Union as long as they are submitted to the Secretary General of the MOC within fifteen (15) days to the notice of the MOC council in order to be circulated to all members.
- Amendments carried require the approval of two-thirds of the members present with the right to vote. However amendments to the annexes shall only require a simple majority for amendments.
8.8.3 Any subsequent change to the statutes as originally approved by the IOC shall also be communicated to the latter with a request for approval.
8.9.1a) In the first MOC Council meeting which will be held in the calendar year immediately following the Summer Olympic Games, which MOC Council meeting will be referred to as the MOC Elective General Assembly, the Council will elect the President and the Secretary General of the MOC and the other members of the Executive Committee consisting of the Deputy President, the Director of Finance, the Director of Sport for a period of four years. Moreover, the Council will elect eight (8) other directors for a period of two years.
8.9.1.b) Save as provided below, the eighth person polling the highest number of votes during the Elective General Assembly shall be declared elected. In the case of a tie for the last elected Director, there will be further elections between the candidates who obtained the same number of votes.
8.9.1.c) Provided that the two gentlemen and the two ladies obtaining the highest number of votes from gentlemen or ladies standing for election, shall be declared elected notwithstanding that he/she is not included with the top eight, and provided that he/she shall have obtained a minimum of 10% of the valid votes cast.
8.9.1.d) In this latter case, the last elected candidate will be replaced by the gentleman / lady as specified in the sub-section. Should no gentleman/lady be elected as stated above, the Executive shall, during its first meeting co-opt its eight director accordingly with full voting rights.
8.10 Notice of resolutions must reach the Secretary General of the MOC at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting. Resolutions not notified may not be discussed until the appropriate procedure is followed.
9 MOC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
9.1.1 The Executive Committee will be responsible to put into effect the policy as decided by the Council and to run the affairs of the MOC in conformity with that policy.
9.1.2 The Executive Committee will consist of the persons elected as per article 8. They shall hold office from the moment they are declared elected up to the specified term as per article 8.9.1. The Executive shall appoint from amongst its members, directors responsible for the various duties mentioned in 9.2 below or any other duty, which it feels fit to assign.
9.1.3 The Maltese IOC member/s shall be ex-officio member/s of the Executive Committee.
9.1.4 The duties of the Executive Committee, inter alia, are the following:
- a) Deal with all business of the MOC (not policy);
- b) Deal with urgent business of the MOC on behalf of the MOC. These decisions are to be ratified later at the first Council Meeting;
- c) Raise funds and take charge of teams representing Malta.
- The Executive Committee is summoned by the President or Secretary General at least ten times a year or at the request of two members. Six members shall form a quorum.
9.1.6 There shall be a Management Board of the MOC. This shall consist of the President, Deputy President, Secretary General, Director of Finance and Director of Sports.
- The Management Board shall be responsible for the day to day management of the MOC according to the policy established by the Council.
- The Management Board shall meet as often as required. Three shall constitute a quorum.
- The minutes of the Management Board shall be approved by the Management Board. However, they shall be circulated to all Executive Committee Members. Decisions of the Management Board are presumed ratified if they are not amended at the Executive Committee Meeting following circulation.
- The Management Board shall not borrow or enter into any loan agreements totalling more than 60,000euro without the prior approval of the Council. It cannot hypothecate MOC property without the prior approval of Council.
- Once every six months the Management Board shall hold a meeting with the Presidents of the Associations / Federations / Sports Union whose sports is included in the next Olympiad, and of the other Sports Associations / Federations / Sports Union separately. In special cases, if the President of an Association/Federation/Sports Union cannot attend, his/her Deputy President or his/her Secretary General can attend instead of him/her.
9.2 Specific Duties
9.2.1 The duties of Executive Committee members are the following:-
9.2.2 The President will chair all meetings of the Council, the Executive Committee and the Management Board. The President has the right to exercise the casting vote. The President, with the approval of the Executive can delegate some of his functions to a member of the Executive or a Commission made up of members of Executive.
9.2.3 The Deputy President will perform all the duties of the President in his absence. He will be responsible for the functioning of all the commissions of the MOC and also to act as co-ordinator in respect of such MOC Commissions;
- The Secretary General will be responsible for the running of the secretariat and the day to day running of the MOC. He will also be responsible for the relations with member Associations, Federations and Sport Unions.
- Director of Finance will be responsible for finance and will also present a yearly budget for approval to the Executive Committee. The Director of Finance will present professionally audited accounts of the preceding year during a Council Meeting held in the first six months of each year, except in the year when the Elective General Assembly is held, in which case such audited Accounts are to be presented during the Elective General Assembly to be held during the months of March / April of the year immediately following the Summer Olympic Games. During this meeting he shall present the professionally audited accounts for the Quadrennial, during the Elective General Assembly. All MOC accounts presented to the MOC council are to be professionally audited before being presented.
9.2.6 Director of Sport in consultation with the Technical person appointed by the Federation will be responsible to prepare the sports programme and technical programme of the MOC and monitor facilities and training. He will coordinate with member Associations / Federations / Sports Unions as far as technical matters are concerned. He will act as chairman of the sports commission and monitor facilities and training. He will be responsible towards the Executive for matters connected with the Olympic Games, Mediterranean Games, Commonwealth Games, Games of the Small States of Europe.
Other duties of members elected on the Executive Committee, could include that of
- Deputy Secretary General who will work in close collaboration with the Secretary General and will deputise for him in his absence;
- Director of Marketing who will be responsible for the planning and execution of a marketing programme. He will be responsible for the relations with sponsors. He will safeguard the emblem and marks of the International Olympic Committee and of the Maltese Olympic Committee;
9.2.9 Director of Media and Public Relations who will be responsible to project the right image of the MOC and to inform the public on all activities organised by the MOC. He will be responsible for all MOC publications and ancillary matters.
9.2.10 Director of Youth Programme, who will be responsible to formulate a policy on young athletes and on the role of sport in education at all levels. He will be responsible for the preparation and representation at all the Youth Games which fall under the jurisdiction of the Maltese Olympic Committee.
- Director of the Olympic Academy who will be responsible
to set up the Academy and to hold regular courses and seminars for the promulgation of the Olympic Ideals and he will also be responsible for the Sports Library and the Museum.
9.2.12 Director of Relations with Government who shall be responsible to discuss and improve the relations with Government Departments (eg. Income Tax, VAT) and Authorities (Planning, Tourism), in order to improve the position of MOC, its affiliated federations, and sports Associations / Federations / Sports Union in general in Malta.
- Director responsible for Sport for All
- Director responsible for Ethics
9.2.15 The Executive is empowered to assign the above-mentioned duties as well as other duties to be decided upon, to anyone of the Executive Directors, including members of the Management Board, and may assign more than one of the above-mentioned duties to the same director, as well as assign part of these duties to one director and part to another director.
9.3.1 Vacancies of Executive Committee Members must be filled not later than two months from the date that the Executive Committee meets and acknowledges a resignation, or other reason that creates a vacancy. Meetings called for the purpose of election of officers must be notified to all members at least fifteen days in advance.
10 ELECTIVE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
10.1 The last Council meeting held in the year of the Olympic Games will be deemed as the Elective General Assembly. The Agenda shall only include the following:
- Address by the President.
- b) Review of activities by Directors.
- c) Approval of audited accounts.
- d) Election of the President, the Deputy President, the Secretary General, the Director of Finance, the Director of Sport, and eight other directors.
- e) Appointment of a qualified Auditor.
10.2 Nomination for any post must be duly proposed by any one Association / Federation/ Sports Union and seconded by another member Association/ Federation / Sport Union. The nominated candidate must signify his acceptance even if this is done by electronic means. Together with the acceptance of the nomination, any candidate is to sign a declaration that he /she intends to attend at least 75% of the Executive meetings which are normally held on Thursdays between 18.00 and 20.30. All nominations are to be acknowledged in writing.
10.3 These nominations are to be submitted to the MOC secretariat at least 42 days in the case of the President and 28 days in the case of the other Directors prior to the Elective General Assembly or any Council Meeting where elections are to be made and will be circulated to all member federations ten days before such meetings.
10.4 No person shall be qualified to stand for election as a member of the Executive or to remain a member thereof:
(a) unless he/she is a Maltese National
(b) if he is a person in the employment of the MOC;
(c) if he is an un-discharged bankrupt having been adjudged or otherwise declared bankrupt under any law force in Malta;
(d) if he is he is interdicted or incapacitated for any mental infirmity or for prodigality by a Court in Malta, or is otherwise determined to be of unsound mind;
(e) unless he has a clean criminal record;
(f) if he is suspended by the MOC, or declared “persona non grata” for having acted against the interests of the MOC.
11 EXTRAORDINARY COUNCIL MEETINGS
11.1 Extraordinary Council Meetings shall be called any time they are requested by the President, or by the Executive Committee or by at least one fourth of all member Associations / Federations / Sports Unions have the right to vote. The objectives of calling such a meeting must be clearly stated. No item other than that/those specified on the Agenda shall be decided. “Any other matter” is not to be considered as a specific item.
12.1 The Executive Committee shall nominate the following commissions and any other commission as the Committee may deem fit: –
- a) Medical;
- b) Legal;
- d) Women;
12.1.1 The Chairman of each Commission is to attend in an observer capacity to the Executive Committee meetings whenever they shall be called upon to do so.
12.1.2 The President, the Deputy President and Secretary General will be ex-officio members on all commissions.
12.1.3 All reports shall be presented to the Executive Committee in writing. These reports will be presented also to the Council.
13.1 Sub-committees and/or special committees may be appointed by the Council to consider and report upon any question that may be referred to them. The number to form a special committee or sub-committee and the number to form a quorum shall be determined by the Council.
13.2 The President, the Secretary General and Deputy President shall be ex-officio members on all committees. All reports shall be presented to the Council in writing and after having been read and adopted shall be noted in the minutes.
14.1 Any decision taken by a Disciplinary Tribunal set up by the Maltese Olympic Committee may be submitted exclusively by way of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland, which will resolve the dispute definitely in accordance with the Code of Sports-Related Arbitration. The time limit for appeal is twenty-one days after reception of the decision concerning the appeal
15.1 Executive Committee members failing to attend three (3) consecutive meetings or a total of five (5) out of (9) meetings without justified reasons or fail to do their duties according to the terms of reference as stated in Rule 9.2, shall be considered as not in good standing. Such persons shall be considered as having resigned if they do not justify their case at the first Council Meeting after such default.
15.2 A registered letter should be sent to such persons to attend this Council Meeting.
16.1 A resolution shall not be rescinded unless the counter resolution has the support of two-thirds of the members present.
17 PRIVILEGED MATTERS
17.1 All matters discussed at MOC meetings shall be deemed as privileged. However, the MOC may from time to time inform any member Association / Federations / Sports Union, or the media about its decision.
18.1 Any business or motion not dealt with by the closing of the meeting shall be adjourned and given priority at the next meeting.
19 FINANCIAL YEAR
19.1 The financial year of the MOC will be from the 1st January till the 31st December.
20 OLYMPIC RULES
20.1 Matters relating to international participation and not provided for in the statute shall be dealt with in accordance with the IOC rules, or rules governing the international event at the time. Should there be any doubt concerning the interpretation of this constitution or omissions or discrepancies between it and the provisions of the “Olympic Charter”, the latter shall prevail.
20.2 The MOC shall constitute, organise and lead its delegation at the Olympic Games and at the regional, continental or world multi-sports competitions patronised by the IOC. The MOC shall be responsible for the behaviour of the members of its delegations.
20.3 The Maltese Olympic Committee shall have the exclusive powers for the representation of Malta at the Olympic Games and at the regional, continental or world multi-sports competitions patronized by the IOC.
Malta has the authority to apply to organize International Games in Malta. The MOC shall comply with rules 31 – 35 and the bylaws to Rules 31 and 32 of the Olympic Charter.
21.1 Any member not conforming with any directive given by the Chairman during any meeting may be suspended by the Chairman.
- RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, FEDERATIONS AND SPORTS UNION
- The MOC Council shall have the power to grant the status of Associate member to any Association / Federation / Sports Union. Such associate member may attend Council Meetings but shall not have the right to vote. However, the President may grant
the representative of such Association / Federation / Sports Union,
the right to address the Council.
- The MOC Council shall have the power to give recognition to the National Associations / Federations / Sports Union. A recognised Association / Federation / Sports Union may attend council meetings but shall not have the right to vote.
- All affiliated Associated or recognised, Associations, Federations, Sports Unions must inform the Maltese Olympic Committee whenever they hold a general meeting, at least fifteen days prior to the date of such General Meeting. The MOC shall appoint a delegate to attend such General Meeting and to report on business conducted thereat.
22.4. All decisions taken at any General Meeting of an affiliated Association/Federation/Sport Union are to be notified to the Maltese Olympic Committee within fifteen days.
- Both the President and the Secretary of an Affiliated, Associated or Recognised Association / Federation/ Sport Union are to be a Maltese National.
23 SUBSCRIPTION FEES
23.1 The Annual subscription Fee shall be of sixty euro (€60) to be paid in advance by the 31st January of each year. A list of all Associations/Federations/Sport Unions affiliated to the MOC will be circulated during the first week of February and before the first Council Meeting. Associations/ Federations/Sports Unions which are in arrears for two months shall after notice of such action be suspended. Such Associations/Federations/Sport Unions may however be reinstated should they bring their subscription up to date and pay a fine which the MOC may deem fit, but not exceeding two hundred and fifty euro (€250).
24.1 In the event of the MOC being dissolved or disbanded the assets shall de divided equally between the affiliated Associations / Federations / Sports Union.
25 INTERPRETATION OF THE RULES
25.1 The MOC is the sole interpreter of these rules but should there be any doubt concerning the interpretation of this Constitution or omission or discrepancies between it and the provisions of the “Olympic Charter”, the latter shall prevail.
- INTERPRETATION OF THE STATUTE
- In cases where interpretation of the statute is required this shall be carried out by the person chairing the meeting who shall consult with the Executive Committee members present for the meeting.
26.2 Reference is made to the Bye-Laws and Standing Orders decided upon by the MOC Executive. These standing orders are binding on all affiliated, associated, or Recognised Federation, Associations, Sports Unions and Members. These Standing Orders can be amended from time to time by the MOC Executive and shall come into effect after the Council Meeting whereby such Standing Orders are approved by the Council. Only a simple majority is required.
26.3 In these Articles, unless the context requires another interpretation:
- words importing the singular number shall include the plural number and vice versa;
- words importing the masculine gender only or neuter shall include the feminine gender;
- words importing persons shall include corporations.