General Assembly: Member federation nominations and proposals

The deadline for nominations to the IOF Council, and for proposals from member federations to the IOF General Assembly in October, was June 5th. Below is information about the received nominations and proposals.

IOF Council nominations – A significant interest in serving on the Council

The General Assembly will elect 2 Vice Presidents and 3 Council members to serve for the period 2018 – 2022. Two nominations for Vice President were received and 7 nominations for Council member. It is positive to note that in total 4 of the nominations are from non-European member federations. However, it is equally disappointing to note that only one member federation has been able to find and nominate a female candidate.  The following nominations have been received:

For Vice President

Mr. Mike Dowling (AUS) – for re-election, has served on Council since 2010, since 2012 as Vice President
Ms. Tatiana Kalenderoglu (RUS) – for new election, has served as Council member (from TUR) since 2012

For Council Member

Mr. Stefano Bisoffi (ITA) – for new election
Mr. Yunus Emre Ikinci (TUR) – for new election
Mr. Hannu Kottonen (FIN) – for new election
Mr. Tamer Mehanna (EGY) – for new election
Mr. Graham Teahan (NZL) – for new election
Mr. Dusan Vystavel (CZE) – for new election
Mr. Dominic Yue (HKG) – for re-election, has served as Council member since 2012

Six Member Federations Proposals received

There are six member federation proposals to the IOF General Assembly in October. The proposals are about gender equality, the General Assemby presidium, the JWOC program, the anti-doping work of the IOF, regional structures and VIP service at WOC. Read them all here!

Gender equality IOF Vice Presidents
The Norwegian Orienteering Federation wants a change in the IOF Statutes regarding IOF Vice Presidents. With the additional phase; “There shall within the IOF Council at all times be a Vice President of each gender”, NOF wants to improve gender equality within the IOF Council.

Neutral General Assembly Chair person
The Norwegian Orienteering Federation also want a change in the IOF Statutes regarding election of the General Assembly Meeting Chair person. By changing “Election of a General Assembly presidium” to “Election of a General Assembly Meeting Chair person of non-Council members and non-delegates” NOF believes the General Assembly to be held on a more objective and democratic way.

Sprint Relay on the JWOC program
The Norwegian Orienteering Federation also wants to change the IOF competition rules for foot orienteering regarding the program for Junior World Orienteering Championships. NOF proposes to add Sprint Relay and remove Middle distance qualification.

Five anti-doping recommendations
The Danish Orienteering Federation suggests five so called milestones for the anti-doping work within the IOF; all member federations must sign an agreement with the IOF and with a domestic anti-doping agency, more top athletes on the IOF primary attention list, more athletes to report where-abouts, a clear policy towards member federations where their NADA does not comply with WADA codes and finally requirements regarding how member federations instruct their top athletes in doping related matters.

Strengthening the regional structures
The Danish Orienteering Federation also proposes the IOF to take a stronger responsibility for forming regions in each continent. DOF proposes the IOF to ensure that all sub-regional groups work with the same general statutes; meet regularly and at a minimum twice a year, the Chair person should rotate on a one-year basis etc.

A wider perspective of WOC VIP
The Danish Orienteering Federation also suggests a wider VIP concept at the World Orienteering Championships, including a difference between VIP delegates and VIP guests. DOF proposes the concept to be named VIP concept and guidelines with a suggested extra goal: “Secure a standardized qualitative level for VIP services at all major IOF events”.