As World OCR's top level executive branch, the Central Board's role is to supervise the practice of obstacles sports worldwide. It is composed of the President, the Vice President, the Secretary General and the Treasurer, the President of each Continental Confederation and 13 additional members of the Continental Confederations. Continental Confederation representatives must include at least one female. The Central Board may also co-opt additional members (with voting rights) for the vision, skill and special expertise that they will bring to the sport.
The Central Board appoints the Secretary General, and the Deputy Secretary General. The term of office of the Central Board is four years, beginning after the last day of each elective Congress. The Central Board reports to the Congress. It holds two ordinary meetings annually. If deemed necessary, the President and Secretary General may also call extraordinary meetings.
President: Mr. Ian Adamson, Australia
Vice President: Mr. Marcial Luthy, Switzerland
Secretary General: Mr. Matthew Joynes, United Kingdom
Treasurer: Mr. Alberto C. Agra, Philippines
Africa: Mr. P. Oosthuiszen, South Africa
Americas: To be announced, United States
Asia: Mr. David Lim, Singapore
Europe: Mr. Philip Maher, Ireland
Oceania: Mr. Colin Menzies, New Zealand
Mr. Ian Adamson (AUS) started sports governance in 1984 on the University of Sydney Sports Union Management Committee. He has 10 world championship wins, 18 international championship titles and Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the ESPN X-Games. Ian is a 3 time Guinness world record holder for endurance kayaking. He has a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine and an Honors Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Ms. Lindsay Webster (CAN) is a three time OCR World Champion and pro athlete for Tough Mudder and HumanN. She is an advocate for all people in sport and elite (podium) racer in mountain biking, cross country running, cross country skiing and chocoholic.
Mr. Matthew Joynes (GBR) is a barrister and sports investment professional. He specializes in e-sports, television production sales, film sales and electronics. Matt works with major technology and entertainment businesses, entrepreneurial finance, capital formation, structuring and securitization services.
Mr. Marcial Luthy (SUI) is a finance and human resources manager and member of the Board of Directors at Jenoptik Industrial Metrology Switzerland. Has extensive international sport experience in Judo, Snowboarding and OCR. Marcial graduated from Haute Ecole de Gestion, Neuchâtel and is a member of the board of the Swiss Obstacle Sports Federation.
Mr. Al Agra (PHL) is the Chairman of the Board of the Philippine Reclamation Authority. He was the former Acting Secretary of Justice, Acting Solicitor General and Government Corporate Counsel of the Philippine Government. Al is an active obstacle course racer and is the President of Pilipinas Obstacle Sports Federation, the Obstacle Sports Federation for Asia and General Counsel to the Philippines Olympic Committee.
Ms. Jessica Agra (PHL) specialises in the fields of Corporate Law, Sports Law and Media Law. She is the special legal assistant to Obstacle Course Racing Asia and USA Pentathlon Multisport and legal counsel at the Philippine Reclamation Authority. Jess was a professional junior tennis player from 2002-2010 and has been a coach since 2017. She is active in OCR and was a Tough Mudder Ambassador in 2018.
Mr. Jack A. Donenfeld (USA) has been practicing law for over 38 years and has a diverse background that provide a unique approach to legal matters. His wealth of professional and business experience allows him to identify and resolve issues before they become obstacles and to provide strategic counsel throughout the course of an engagement. Jack is an active age group athlete and participates in obstacle course races around the world.
ARTICLE 1: NAME AND AUTHORITY
1.1 The Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles (the “FISO”) is an independent association composed of national member federations worldwide, as provided for under Chapter 2 of these FISO General Statutes.
1.2 FISO is the sole competent authority for obstacle sports and related disciplines throughout the world (Obstacle Sports) and is working toward meeting the requirements for recognition as specified by SportAccord and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
1.3 FISO maintains absolute political and religious neutrality and does not tolerate any form of discrimination.
1.4 All bodies and officials of FISO must observe the FISO General Statutes, the FISO Internal Regulations, other rules and regulations, and decisions of FISO.
ARTICLE 2: HEADQUARTERS AND PLACE OF JURISDICTION
2.1 The FISO headquarters shall be established in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Central Board may determine a different postal address at the domicile of a member of the Central Board.
2.2 FISO is subject to the laws of Switzerland and shall be organised as an association in accordance with art. 60 ff. of the Swiss Civil Code.
ARTICLE 3: NON-PROFIT ORGANISATION
3.1 FISO is a non-profit-making organisation and does not pursue any objective for its own gains. It shall pursue solely and directly objectives of general interest in accordance with the laws of Switzerland. The financial resources of FISO may be used only in pursuit of the objectives laid down in these FISO General Statutes.
3.2 To the extent that compensation or reimbursement of expenses is paid to individuals, it must be appropriate, justified and related to FISO’s objectives.
3.3 FISO has established reserve funds and uses such funds in accordance with the laws of Switzerland. The Central Board decides the policy on the usage of the reserves.
ARTICLE 4: OBJECTIVES
4.1 The principal objective of FISO is to promote Obstacle Sports throughout the world and to lead the Obstacle Sports movement as recognised by the International Olympic Committee. FISO’s objective is to:
a) Control, regulate, supervise and direct, and to foster, encourage and advance Obstacle Sports and the practice of men’s and women’s Obstacle Sports in all its forms and in all age groups in every country worldwide;
b) Manage Obstacle Sports throughout the world through participation, development, competition, and commercial means;
c) Ensure that Obstacle Sports throughout the world is carried on in a manner which allows the sport to be competitive and fair;
d) Formulate or adopt and implement appropriate policies in relation to discrimination, sexual harassment, equal opportunity, equity, drugs and doping, health, safety, infectious diseases, and such other matters as arise from time to time as issues to be addressed in Obstacle Sports;
e) Adopt, formulate, issue, interpret, implement and amend from time to time such rules (including the official rules of the sport) and regulations as are necessary for the control and conduct of Obstacle Sports throughout the world;
f) Allocate and control the conduct and administration of all official international competitions at national team and club level;
g) License and/or endorse the conduct and management of international Obstacle Sports competitions or sports where this is in the interests of furthering its mission and role;
h) Establish and maintain a FISO Obstacle Sports judicial system, providing processes for the appeal of decisions and the settlement of disputes;
i) Pursue itself or through another entity commercial arrangements, including sponsorship and marketing opportunities and commercial arrangements in relation to FISO’s intellectual property, as are appropriate to further its mission and role;
j) Provide for the representation of FISO at international events which will extend and enhance its control and management of Obstacle Sports throughout the world;
k) Promote the recognition of Obstacle Sports as the world’s leading mass participation and televised sports;
l) Do all that is reasonably necessary to enable its mission and role to be achieved and to enable the national member federations to receive the benefits which FISO’s mission and role are intended to achieve;
m) Co-operate with, join with, and/or support any association, organisation, foundation, society or individual where the activities or purposes are similar to those of FISO or which advance Obstacle Sports throughout or in specific parts of the world;
n) Have regard to the public interest in its operations; and
o) Undertake and/or do all such things or activities as are necessary, incidental or conducive to the advancement of its mission and role.
ARTICLE 5: RULES AND REGULATIONS
In addition to the FISO General Statutes, FISO may regulate Obstacle Sports activities worldwide through the enactment of the FISO Internal Regulations, other rules and regulations, and decisions.
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