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Art. 1 – Name, foundation and purposes
The Mediterranean Weightlifting Confederation (M.W.C.) is the Federation of the national associations practising the sports and promotional activity of weightlifting in the countries of the Mediterranean Basin.
The M.W.C. is a non-profit amateur sports association not involved in any political, religious or racial issues. Its regulations are based on the principle of internal democracy and the participation in the sports, athlete support and management activity by men and women on the basis of equality and equal opportunities.
The aims of the M.W.C., respecting the guidelines of the I.O.C. (International Olympic Committee), I.W.F. (International Weightlifting Federation) and WADA with regard to doping are as follows:
1 – To promote, organise and develop and disseminate weightlifting activities in the countries of the  
      Mediterranean Basin;
2 – To promote the spirit of friendship and collaboration among sportspeople residing in the countries of the
      Mediterranean Basin;
3 – To create and promote sports events besides those already existing and organised by the International
      Federation in order to create a circuit of friendly matches between the Mediterranean countries;
4 – To disseminate the sports principles of weightlifting in compliance with the directives of the International
       Weightlifting Federation (I.W.F.), the only world body entitled to regulate the sport of weightlifting under  
       the control of the I.O.C. (International Olympic Committee);
5 – To organise annually the event called “Mediterranean Cup”;
6 – To promote didactic activity for the start-up, updating and improvement of weightlifting sports activity:
7 – To promote and support the International Sports School stated in Art. 12 below and to conduct scientific
       research applied to the sport with regard to the technical, didactic, biomedical, social, psychological,
       pedagogical and legal sectors, in collaboration with universities, national schools in every country, the
       I.W.F. and other institutional bodies:
8 – To develop joint strategies between the National Federations in the interests of a clean sport, with
       information campaigns aimed at eradicating doping from the sport;
9 – To draw up and verify the Mediterranean record;

The Confederation is a non-profit organisation, and any income from its activity must be reinvested in sports activity.
During the existence of the association no funds, reserves or capital may be distributed unless required by law.

Art. 2 – Registered offices
The Association has an unlimited duration.

Art. 3 – Registered offices
The registered and administrative offices shall be in Rome (Italy) at the headquarters of the Italian Weightlifting and Physical Culture Federation.
The permanent operational headquarters of the M.W.C. shall be in Bari (Italy).
The registered office may be transferred to another city or another country in accordance with a specific resolution by the Confederation Council, in the first case, and by the General Meeting in the second case.

Art. 4 – Official languages
The official languages shall be English, French and Italian. English shall be the working language.

Art. 5 – Members
The National Weightlifting Federations of the Mediterranean Basin may be members of the M.W.C..
The National Federations joining the M.W.C. must necessarily be affiliated to the I.W.F..
The following countries are considered to belong to the Mediterranean Basin:
1.    Albania
2.    Algeria
3.    Bosnia Herzegovina
4.    Croatia
5.    Cyprus
6.    Egypt
7.    France
8.    Greece
9.    Israel
10.    Italy
11.    Lebanon
12.    Libya
13.    Malta
14.    Morocco
15.    Palestine
16.    Serbia-Montenegro
17.    Syria
18.    Slovenia
19.    Spain
20.    Tunisia
21.    Principality of Monaco
22.    Republic of San Marino
23.    Turkey
The National Federations which, though not mentioned in this list, subsequently become members of the I.W.F. may be admitted as members and participate in the Mediterranean Games.

Art. 6 – Membership

After the setting of the M.W.C., the applicant Federations shall be admitted after a resolution of acceptance by the Confederation Council.

Art. 7 – Withdrawal and exclusion from the Association

The Members shall cease to form part of the Confederation in case of :
a. Withdrawal;
b. Expulsion.
Withdrawal shall be notified in writing to the Confederation Council.
Expulsion may be approved by the Confederation Council in case of serious violations by the individual National Federations.
Serious violations are in any case considered as the failure to comply with the indications laid down by the I.W.F., I.O.C. and WADA with regard to doping.

Art. 8 – General Meeting

The General Meeting is the supreme organ of the M.W.C..
It shall have powers to pass resolutions only on the topics in the agenda when the Meeting is summoned.
The General Meeting shall be:
a)    Ordinary;
b)    Extraordinary.
A maximum of two representatives for each member country may participate in the General Meeting, but only one shall have voting rights; the President of the I.W.F. and the Presidents of the three Federations of the continentals on the Mediterranean Sea (Africa, Asia and Europe) shall also be entitled to vote. There shall be not proxy voting.

The General Ordinary Meeting shall convene at least once a year to pass resolutions on the following points:
a.    Approve the annual accounts;
b.    Other topics on the agenda.

The General Ordinary Meeting shall convene once every four years during the Mediterranean Games to pass resolutions on the following points:
a. Election of the President, the members of the Confederation Council and the Secretary General by secret
b. Election by acclamation, upon proposal by the Confederation Council, the Honorary President and  
    Honorary Members;
c.    Other topics on the agenda.

The General Extraordinary Meeting is summoned upon initiative of the Confederation Council when the latter deems it necessary, or upon request by 1/3 of the members to pass resolutions on the following points:
a. Propose amendments to the Statute;
b. Proposals as to the liquidation of the Confederation;
c. Other topics on the agenda.

Any draft amendments to the Statute shall be sent to the Secretariat, two months before the date of the General Meeting, for approval by the Confederation Council and delivery to the General Meeting. Should the draft amendments be rejected by the Confederation Council, the promoter shall be notified of this before the date of the General Meeting.

The notification of convening shall show the list of topics on the agenda.
The General Meeting shall be convened at least thirty days before the date set for the meeting by registered letter, fax or e-mail to be sent to the addresses provided by the National Federations.
There shall be a first and second summons.

The General Meeting shall be considered as valid at the first convening if at least half plus one of the Members entitled to vote are present, and at the second convening, whatever the number of those present. Resolutions shall be approved by the majority of those present. In case of a tie the result shall be determined by the President’s vote.
Amendments to the statute shall be approved by the vote in favour by the majority of those entitled to vote.

Art. 9 – Confederation Council

1- Composition
The Confederation Council shall consist of the President, two Vice-Presidents of whom one substitute, two to five Members and the Secretary General, all of whom are entitled to vote.
2- Powers
The Confederation Council is the management and administrative organ of the Confederation, directing the activity, drawing up programmes in accordance with the directives approved by the General Meeting, and ensuring their implementation for institutional purposes.
In particular, it shall:
a. Pursue the purposes set forth in Art. 1 of this Statute;
b. Summon the General Meeting;
c. Draw up the budget and financial statements for the year;
d. Approve the programme of activities;
e. Appoint international commissions and the members of the International Sports School;
f.  Promote the implementation by the member National Federations of the resolutions of the I.W.F. and of
    the continental federations;
g. Propose to the General Meeting the designation of the Honorary President Honorary Members;
h. Ratify any urgent measures taken by the President of the Confederation, jointly with the Secretary   
i. Pass resolutions on the other topics on the agenda.
3- Meetings
The Confederation Council shall be convened at least once a year by the President of the Confederation during the Mediterranean Cup.
The members shall ensure the presence of their members/delegates at the meetings planned.
4- President
The President shall be the legal representative of the Association with powers of signature. He shall convene and chair the General Meeting and represent the M.W.C. at all local and institutions.
5- Election
The Confederation Council shall remain in office for four years and be renewed at the Mediterranean Games. Members of the Confederation Council may be re-elected.
Each member country shall be entitled to present a maximum of two candidates who:
-    Have not been subjected to sports disqualifications or inhibitions by their National Sports Federation or the  I.W.F.;
-    Have not been subjected to the suspension of sports activity for the use of substances or methods altering natural physical performance.
6- Loss or exclusion of membership
Members of the Confederation Council shall automatically lose membership, without the need for approval of exclusion by the General Meeting, following unjustified absence twice from the meetings of the Council.
The General Meeting may approve the exclusion of a member of the Confederation Council in case of lack of moral requisites and/or unsporting behaviour.

Art. 10 – Honorary President and Honorary Members
The Meeting shall elect by acclamation, upon proposal by the Confederation Council, the Honorary President and Honorary Members, who shall participate in the meetings of the Confederation Council without voting rights.

Art. 11 - The Secretary General - Treasurer
The Secretary General shall:
a-    Draw up the minutes of the General Meeting and the Confederation Council and supervise the administrative offices and the keeping of the association books;
b-    Control and supervise the activities of the secretariat.
c-    Conduct correspondence and relations with the National Federations, the I.W.F.,  the Continental Federations and other bodies or organisations.
d-    Verify and record the Mediterranean records;
e-    Draw up the agenda for the General Meeting and the various meetings, and thirty days before the date of the meeting, send it to the persons concerned;
f-    Disseminate the information collected during Congresses, General Meetings and meetings, and send them to the member Federations;
g-    Keep a register showing the list of officials in International Competitions;
h-    Handle all matters regarding finance, receive payments, pay all expenses and keep the accounts, as well as preparing a budget with the corresponding financial report to be submitted to the General Meeting.
i-    Conduct negotiations for all contracts between the M.W.C. and other organisations or companies, undertaking in agreement with the President to stipulate all contracts on behalf of the M.W.C.;
j-    Undertake any other task assigned by the President and/or the Confederation Council in accordance with the scope of the association.

Art. 12 – International Sports School - Commissions
The Confederation Council shall appoint the members of the:
a-    International Sports School, consisting of a Director, Chairman of the Athlete Support Commission, Chairman of the Medical, Scientific and Research Commission and seven members;
b-    Technical Commission, consisting of a Chairman and from two to five members;
c-    Medical, Scientific and Research Commission, consisting of a Chairman and from two to five members.
The President and the Secretary are automatically members of the International Sports School and all the Commissions, but without voting rights.
1 - International Sports School
The International Sports School shall collaborate with the I.W.F., the Continental Federations, universities, the single National Federations, other bodies and the Commissions in order to organise courses and seminars for training and updating, and any other initiative to favour the training, updating and specialisation of all the professional figures for athlete support and management in weightlifting. The School shall disseminate films and publish information of a technical and scientific nature and shall propose to the Confederation Council educational and research projects, courses, seminars and initiatives to favour research, development and training for all personnel connected with weightlifting.
2 – Technical  Commission
The Athlete Support Commission shall:
a-    Appoint the athlete support delegates and referees during the Mediterranean Cup;
b-    Handle referee matters;
c-    Supervise the application of the I.W.F. regulations during competitions;
d-    Verify that all the I.W.F. requirements are respected with regard to equipment and plant;  
e-    Draw up the list of international Mediterranean referees;
f-    Collaborate with the other Commissions and the International Sports School.
In order to be appointed to the Technical Commission candidates must be I.W.F. Category 1 referees.
3 - Medical, Scientific and Research Commission
The Medical, Scientific and Research Commission shall:
a-    Study and examine all the aspects related to training and preparations for weightlifting competitions;
b-    Study the methods to improve weightlifting techniques;
c-    Study, develop and disseminate modern training methods;
d-    Study and develop initiatives to favour the participation of young people in weightlifting;
e-    Undertake research applied weight lifting and propose projects and studies of common interest;
f-    Collaborate with the other commissions and the International Sports School to implement activity programmes;
g-    Offer consultancy to the organisers of the Mediterranean Cup and the member countries on aspects related to medicine, health, hygiene, diet and similar topics;
h-    Develop educational programmes for checking weight, training, treatment of accidents and the use of pharmaceuticals and prohibited substances.

Art. 13 – Assets
The assets of the M.W.C. consist in:
a. Goods purchased or in any case received from private individuals or bodies;
b. Third party contributions or donations;
c. Receipts from sponsorship and advertising contracts;
d. Membership fees, fees from single events, seminars, courses.
In case of the of the liquidation of the association, the remaining assets shall be turned over to the I.W.F..

Art. 14 – Final regulations
For any cases not provided for in this Statute reference shall be made to the regulations of the I.W.F., I.O.C. and WADA with regard to doping.