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SPORTS REGULATIONS, 1976 (LI 1088).

 

IN exercise of the powers conferred on the Commissioner responsible for Sports by section 42 of the Sports Decree, 1976 (S.M.C.D. 54) these Regulations are made this 11th day of August, 1976.

PART I— AMATEUR SPORTS  ASSOCIATIONS

Regulation 1—National Sports Associations.

A national sports association of any sport or group of sports shall consist of—

(a) an Honorary Chairman and an Honorary Vice-Chairman appointed by the Commissioner responsible for Sports (in these Regulations referred to as “the Commissioner ") on the recommendation of the Executive Chairman; and

(b) a full-time Executive Secretary who shall be an officer of the National Council nominated by the Executive Chairman.

Regulation 2—Regional Sports Associations

A regional sports association shall consist of an Honorary Chairman, an Honorary Vice-Chairman and an Honorary Secretary to be appointed by the Chairman of the Regional Sports Council of the Region.

Regulation 3—District Sports Associations.

A district sports association shall consist or such persons associated with the sport in question as the District Sports Council may appoint not being less than three or more than five.

Regulation 4—Functions of Sports Associations.

(1) Every sports association national, regional or district shall at its respective level—

(a) be responsible for the promotion, encouragement and development of that sport or group of sports;

(b) advise the National Council in the case of a national sport association, the Regional Sports Council in the case of a regional sport association and the District Sports Council in the case of a district sport association as to how best the particular sport or group of sports can be developed;

(c) consider and report to the National Council through the appropriate body upon such matters as may be of benefit to sports development generally;

(d) carry out such other functions as the National Council may assign to it through the Executive Chairman.

(2) Subject to the provisions of these Regulations, every sport association may regulate its own procedure.

Regulation 5—Relationship between National Regional and District Sports Associations.

(1)  A national sport association of any sport or group of sports may liaise with the regional or district sport association of the sport        or group of sports for the effective running of that sport or group of sports.

(2) A national sport association of any sport or group of sports may give such directions as it considers necessary to the regional or district sport association of that sport or group of sports with respect to the exercise by the regional or district association of its functions.

(3) A regional sport association may exercise like powers in respect of a district sport association of the sport or group of sports.

Regulation 6—Tenure of Office of the Members of Sports Associations.

(1) The members of sports associations other than Executive Secretaries of national sports associations, shall hold office for twelve months and shall be eligible for re-appointment, so however, that no such member shall hold office for more than two years in succession.

(2) Any authority responsible for the appointment of any person to serve on any sport association may by writing remove that person from that office upon stated grounds of misconduct or inability to perform the functions of his office.

Regulation 7—Continuation of Existing Associations.

Any sport association whether national, regional or district existing immediately before the commencement of these Regulations shall, subject to the provisions of these Regulations, continue to exist as if it were a sport association established under these Regulations and the members thereof duly appointed under these Regulations.

Regulation 8—Application of this Part

This Part applies only in respect of amateur sports associations.

PART II—PROFESSIONAL SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS

Regulation 9—Establishment of Professional Sports Associations.

(1) The National Council may cause to be established national professional sports associations as the National Council may determine.

(2) A national professional sport association shall comprise such number of persons, appointed to the association in such manner and shall have such functions, as the National Council may, with the prior approval of the Commissioner, determine.

(3) Every professional sport body existing immediately before the commencement of these Regulations shall, subject to the provisions of these Regulations, continue to exist as if it were a professional sport association established under this Part of these Regulations.

Regulation 10—Ghana Boxing Authority.

(1) There shall be a body to be known as the Ghana Boxing Authority in these Regulations referred to as "the Authority”.

(2) The Authority shall have the status of a national professional sport association.

Regulation 11—Functions of Authority.

The Authority shall, subject to the provisions of the Sports Decree, 1976 (S.M.C.D. 54) and these Regulations, be responsible for—

(a) the development, control, management and promotion of professional boxing in Ghana; and

(b) such other functions relating to professional boxing as the Commissioner may assign to it.

Regulation 12—Membership of Authority.

(1) The Authority shall comprise the following persons:—

(a) a Chairman appointed by the Commissioner;

(b) a full-time Executive Secretary who shall be an officer of the National Council nominated by the Executive Chairman;

(c) an Honorary Treasurer appointed by the Commissioner; and

(d) three members who shall be the Chairmen of the three committees of the Authority, namely the Control, Management and Promotions Committees.

(2) All persons to be appointed members of the Authority shall be persons who appear to the Commissioner to have wide knowledge or experience in professional boxing.

Regulation 13—Terms of Office of Members of Authority.

(1) The members of the Authority shall hold office for a term of twelve months and shall be eligible for re-appointment, so however, that no person shall hold office for more than two years in succession.

(2) Any member of the Authority, other than the Executive Secretary, may be removed from office by the authority who appointed him, by writing copied to the Executive Secretary on stated grounds of misconduct or inability to perform the functions of his office.

Regulation 14—Meetings of Authority.

(1) The Authority shall ordinarily meet at such times and places as it may determine but shall meet at least once in every month.

(2) The Chairman, may, and shall, on the request in writing of not less than five members of the Authority call an extraordinary meeting of the Authority at such time and place as the Chairman may determine.

(3) The Chairman shall, if present, preside at every meeting of the Authority and in his absence, the members present at the meeting shall elect one of their number to preside at the meeting.

(4) The quorum at any meeting of the Authority shall be four.

(5) All questions proposed at any meeting of the Authority shall be determined by a single majority of members present and voting, and in the case of an equality of votes, the Chairman or other person presiding shall have a second or casting vote.

(6) The Authority may co-opt any person or persons to attend any meeting of the Authority as an adviser or advisers, so however, that any person so co-opted shall not be entitled to vote on any matter for decision by the Authority at that meeting.

(7) The validity of any proceedings of the Authority shall not be affected by any vacancy among its members or any defect in the appointment of any member.

(8) The Authority may, subject to the other provisions of these Regulations. regulate its own procedure.

Regulation 15—Disclosure of Interest.

Every member of the Authority who has any interest in any enterprise or undertaking which is concerned with the promotion of any professional sport which the Authority is about to promote or with which the Authority proposes to enter into an agreement shall disclose the nature of his interest to the Authority and shall neither participate in any deliberations of the Authority, nor vote on any issue relating to such promotion or agreement.

Regulation 16—Committees of the Authority.

(1) The Authority shall have three committees, namely—

(a) the Control Committee which shall comprise five  members;

(b) the Management Committee which shall comprise three members; and

(c) the Promotions Committee which shall comprise five members.

(2) The members of each of these committees shall be appointed by the Commissioner on the advice of the Executive Chairman from among persons appearing to the Commissioner to have wide experience or knowledge in professional boxing.

Regulation 17—Meetings of Control Committee.

The Control Committee of the Authority shall—

(a) Control and seek to enhance professional boxing in Ghana within or outside Ghana;

(b) be responsible in relation to boxing in Ghana for boxing rules and regulations whether Ghanaian or otherwise:

(c) liaise with the African Boxing Union and other recognized World Boxing Bodies through the Authority;

(d) maintain up-to-date records of boxing promoters, managers, seconds, stewards and other officials;

(e) be responsible for the issuing of ratings;

(f) sanction promotions (local, national, or outside Ghana) involving Ghanaians;

(g) guarantee and organise training and upgrading of all professional boxing officials.

Regulation 18—Duties of Management Committee.

The Management Committee of the Authority shall—

(a) manage selected boxers;

(b) arrange for training facilities, namely, gymnasia and equipment;

(c) ensure the employment of qualified staff connected with paragraph (b) of this regulation;

(d) sign all contracts on behalf of and with the consent of boxers they manage;

(e) arrange fights with Ghanaian and foreign promoters of fights for selected boxers with the approval of the Control Committee and the Authority.

Regulation 19—Duties of Promotions Committee.

The Promotions Committee of the Authority shall—

(a) organise boxing promotions;

(b) provide all estimates of income and expenditure of all promotions to the Authority for approval and to submit accounts on promotions to the Authority for all tournaments within seven days after the promotion;

(c) be responsible for contracts for promotions organised by the Promotions Committee and for all other arrangements.

Regulation 20—Meetings of Committees.

(1) Each of the three committees of the Authority shall meet for the despatch of its business at such times and places as its Chairman may decide.

(2) Subject to sub-regulation (1) of this regulation and subject also to any directions given by the Authority, each such committee may prescribe its own procedure.

Regulation 21—Functions of Chairman of Authority.

(1) The Chairman of the Authority shall co-ordinate all the activities of the three committees of the Authority.

(2) The Chairman shall be responsible to the Commissioner through the Executive Chairman for the efficient discharge of the functions of the Authority.

Regulation 22—Duties of Executive Secretary to Authority.

(1) The Executive Secretary of the Authority shall be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the affairs of the Authority and for the due implementation of the policy decisions of the Authority.

(2) The Executive Secretary shall also perform such functions of the Authority as the Authority may direct.

Regulation 23—Duties of Honorary Treasurer.

(1) The Honorary Treasurer of the Authority shall be responsible for the financial administration of the Authority.

(2) The Honorary Treasurer shall keep for the Authority proper books of account and proper records in relation thereto.

Regulation 24—Allowances for Members of Authority and Committees.

Members of the Authority and of its committees may be paid such allowances as the Commissioner and the Commissioner responsible for Finance may approve in relation to them.

Regulation 25—Licences.

(1) No person shall act or participate as a referee, boxer, manager, inspector, match-maker, promoter, trainer, time-keeper or second at or with respect to any professional boxing match or tournament unless he first obtains from the Authority a licence allowing him so to do and pays the fee prescribed by the Authority in relation thereto.

(2) Any question as to whether or not any person is acting or participating as referred to in sub-regulation (1) of this regulation shall be determined by the Authority.

(3) Any person who contravenes sub-regulation (1) of this regulation shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding 1,000 or a term of imprisonment not exceeding twelve months or both.

Regulation 26—Boxers’ Welfare Fund.

(1) There shall be established a fund to be known as “Boxers’ Welfare Fund” for the purpose of providing future security for boxers.

(2) There shall be paid into the Boxers' Welfare Fund in respect of every professional boxing promotion such sum as the Commissioner may determine in consultation with the Authority.

(3) The trustees of the Boxers' Welfare Fund shall be the Commissioner, the Executive Chairman, the Chairman of the Authority and a representative of the body known as “the Ex-Boxers’ Association” and a leading professional boxer nominated by the Commissioner.

Regulation 27—Submission of Estimates.

(1) Every national sport association shall once in every year at such time and in such form as the National Council may direct,   submit to the National Council for its approval a statement of the           association's programme and estimates of its income and expenditure for that year

(2) Every such association shall also prepare and submit to the National Council once in every three months, a statement of the association's financial transactions during the last preceding three months.

(3) The National Council may, subject to such modifications as it may consider appropriate, direct that regional and district sports associations shall submit respectively to the respective Regional and District Sports Councils the statements required to be submitted by sub-regulations (1) and (2) of this regulation.

Regulation 28—Sports Associations to Account for  Moneys Received.

(1) Every national sport association shall, in such form and at such times as the National Council may specify, render to the National Council through the Executive Chairman proper accounts of all moneys received by them.

(2) Regional and District sports associations shall, subject to such directions as may be given by the National Council, render like accounts to their respective Regional or District Sports Councils.

(3) The National Council may direct that the accounts of any      sport association be audited by an auditor specified by the National Council.

Regulation 29—Power of National Council to Give Directions or Take Over.

(1) The National Council shall exercise, generally, overall           supervision over all national sports associations in Ghana.

(2) The National Council may, with the prior approval of the Commissioner take over and manage for such period as the Commissioner may approve, the affairs of any national sport association if the National Council is satisfied that it is essential so to do in the best interests of the sport or group of sports concerned.

(3) Without prejudice to sub-regulations (1) and (2) of this regulation the National Council may give to any national sport association such directions as it may consider reasonable in the interests of the sport or group of sports to which the national sport association relates and the national sport association shall comply with such directions.

Regulation 30—Offences.

Any person who—

(a) contravenes any of the provisions of regulations 27 and 28 of these Regulations;

(b) in any way obstructs the carrying out of an audit directed by the National Council under sub-regulation (3) of regulation 28 of these Regulations;

(c) obstructs the take-over or management by the National Council of the affairs of a national sport association under sub-regulation (2) of regulation 29 of these Regulations; or

(d) fails without reasonable cause (proof of which shall be on him) to comply with any directions given by the National Council under sub-regulation (3) of regulation 29 shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding 500.00.

Regulation 31—Interpretation.

In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires—

“Authority” means the Ghana Boxing Authority established under regulation 10 of these Regulations;

“Executive Chairman” means the Chief Executive and Executive Chairman of the National Council; and

“National Council” means the National Sports Council established under the Sports Decree, 1976 (S.M.C.D. 54).

Regulation 32—Commencement.

These Regulations shall be deemed to have come into force at the same time as the Sports Decree, 1976 (S.M.C.D. 54).

GENERAL I.K. ACHEAMPONG

Commissioner Responsible for Sports.

Date of Gazette Notification : 20th August, 1976.

 

 

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