Table Of Contents

  • "The Federation" The Asian Handball Federation.
  • "The International Federation" The International Handball Federation.
  • "Member Federation" National Federation which governs the Handball game in its country and is affiliated with the Asian Handball Federation.
  • "The Congress" The Congress of AHF.
  • "The Council" The Council of AHF.
  • "The Executive Committee" The Executive Committee of AHF.
  • President of the Federation: The President of AHF
  • Secretary General: The Secretary General of AHF
  • Treasurer: The Treasurer of AHF
  • "Main Office" The Federation's Secretariat at the Headquarters office.

Article 2

Establishment & Headquarters:

The Asian Handball Federation was established in January 1976 in the State of Kuwait and the Headquarters are located in Kuwait.

Article 3

Official Language:
  • English & Arabic are the official languages of the Federation. All correspondence and record, should be kept in these languages.
  • Delegates may speak in their own languages provided adequate translation is pre-arranged entirely by the member himself.

Article 4

Aims of AHF:
  • Expanding and developing handball game in the Asian continent.
  • Working on developing handball game and raise its technical standard.
  • Organizing Asian Championships and World championship qualifications with its various categories approved by the International Handball Federation.
  • Drawing up the rules and regulations for Organizing the Asian Championships and World Cup qualifications in line with the international federation's rules & regulations.
  • Organizing and controlling all Asian championships, Qualifications for World Championships and Qualifications for Olympic Games.
  • Mediating and settling all the disputes that may arise between member federations.
  • ) Giving advice and suggestion to the Member Federations, when required, for the benefit of handball game, technically and morally.
  • Strengthening friendship and mutual relationship between Asian Youths and handball family's officials by organizing championships and tournaments at all levels and activities.
  • Promoting new member federations
  • Promoting the Asian Referees and Coaches and Developing their Technical Levels and upgrading them.
  • Promoting and Developing the Technical Levels of Junior and Youth players of the two genders.
  • Promoting Mini and Beach handball.

Article 5

Membership:

The membership of AHF is available to all Asian National Federations which are officially recognized in their countries.

Article 6

Applying for Membership:

All Federations who apply for membership have to address their written applications to the AHF Secretary General with the following particulars:

  • Name and address of applicant Federation.
  • Names and addresses of council members of the applicant.
  • ) A copy of Statutes and Bylaws related to the Competitions and Referees in English or Arabic.
  • Information about the Federation's activities in its country since it has been established.
  • After taking all required procedures, the Federation applying for membership may be granted a provisional membership by Council or of the Executive Committee and the application should be presented in the first meeting of the Congress, for decision based on absolute majority. The congress has the right to reject as application, with justifications.
  • In case of accepting or refusing the application, the Secretary General should notify the decision of the Congress to the concerned Federation.
  • In case of accepting the membership application a fee of US$100 should be paid.

Article 7

Federation Member responsibility:
  • Strictly abiding the regulations and by-laws rectified by the Congress.
  • Adopting the Statute of the Asian Federation, without conflicting with the provisions of this law.
  • Participating in Asian championships, qualifications for World championships and qualifications for Olympic Games organized by IHF.
  • Member Federations shall inform the Asian Federation about the schedule of its election one month before the date. The Asian Handball Federation has the right to send an official representative to attend the meeting.
  • Participating in refereeing, coaching and any other courses organized by AHF to promote the Technical Level of the game in the Asian continent.
  • Paying the annual subscription fee and the fees for participation in the championship in which the Member Federation is participating.

Article 8

The Congress:

The Congress is the highest policy making authority and is composed of:

  • Members of AHF Council.
  • Representative of Member Federations.

Article 9

Conditions of attending the Congress:

Federation Members and Representatives:

  • The Member Federation must have fulfilled its financial and moral obligations.
  • The Federation should be represented by not more than two delegates holding an official letter authorizing them to attend the Congress and vote for their Federation.
  • Every Member Federation has only One (1) vote in the Congress.
  • Delegates to the Congress must be citizens of the Council they represent its Federation.
  • Should any Federation fail to fulfill the conditions of attending the Congress, its right to voting shall be forfeited, but may attend as observer only.

Council Members and Guests:

  • The AHF Council Members have the right to attend the Congress with no right of voting.
  • Guests of the Federation and the invited honorary members to attend the Congress, are considered observers. They may participate in the discussion if they are asked, with no right of voting.

Article 10

The Congresses of AHF:

The Ordinary Congress:

The Congress holds an ordinary meeting once every two years after the ordinary Congress meeting for electing the Council. The meeting will be legal by the presence of the absolute majority of members registered in the Federation and who have settled their annual membership fees. If quorum is not complete, the meeting will be postponed for one hour then held and will also be legal by the presence of one-third (1/3) of the members.

The Agenda will be composed as per the following notes:

    • Opening of the Congress.
    • Ratifying the minutes of the last meeting of Congress.
    • Ratifying the administration report of AHF.
    • Ratifying the financial report of AHF.
    • Discussing the Proposals submitted by the Council and the Member Federations.
    • Considering the Reports of the chairmen of following Sub-Committees:

Competition & Organization Committee.
Playing Rules & Referees Committee.
Coaching & Methods Committee.
Information & Development Committee.
Medical Committee..
Marketing Committee..
Under Developed Countries Committee..
- Youth and School Handball Committee .

  • Accepting the applications for the membership of AHF according to the Article no. (6) of this Bylaws.
  • Fixing the date and venue for the next Congress.

The Election Congress:

Congress meeting for electing the Council members of AHF.

    • Ordinary Congress shall be held to elect new Council members every Four (4) years during the Olympic Games, if held and wherever it may be, the Congress should be held before IHF Congress. For the Meeting to be legal all the procedures of holding an Ordinary Congress should be followed. If the Olympic Games are not organized, the Congress shall be held in the stipulated period in any place where the Council thinks suitable before the set date for IHF Congress.
    • Congress agenda will be composed of following points:

Opening of the Congress.
Counting the votes of those who have the right to attend, vote and elect the Council Members in the Congress.
Ratifying the minutes of the last Congress.
Ratifying the Administrative report of AHF.
Ratifying the financial report of AHF.
Considering the Reports of the Chairmen of following Sub-Committees:

Competition & Organization Committee
Playing Rules & Referees Committee
Coaching& Methods Committee
Information & Development Committee
Medical Committee
Marketing Committee
Under Developed Countries Committee
Youth and School Handball Committee

Reviewing the Proposals submitted by the Council and Member Federations.

Clearing the Council's responsibilities for the previous term.

Selecting Three (3) members from the Congress to supervise the election process.

Election of the President of AHF (from the country where the Head Office is located).

Election of the 1st Vice-President of AHF.

Election of four Vice-Presidents of AHF.

Election of the Secretary General.

Election of Treasurer (from the country where the Head Office is located).

Election of five (5) members of the Council.

Election of the female members.

Election of the Federation's Representative to IHF among the elected members

Appointing Legal Auditors.

Accepting the applications for the membership of AHF according to the Article no. (6) of this Bylaws.

The Extra-ordinary Congress:

    • The Extra-ordinary Congress should be convened by the President in the following situations:

If a decision has been taken by the Council mentioning the reasons.
A written request to be submitted by two-thirds (2/3) of the members who have the right to attend the Congress and vote by justifying the holding of such Congress.
To elect the Council Members when the vacancies increased more than four positions also during 6 months from the vacancy.

  • The Extra-ordinary Congress shall be held during three months from the date of consenting to its holding and the agenda will be confined to the discussion of the reason for which the Congress was convened.
  • - The meeting will be considered legal by the presence of, at least two-thirds (2/3) of members who have the right to attend. The Decisions of this meeting will be considered legal, at least when the majority of two-thirds (2/3) approved. If quorum is not complete, the meeting will be postponed for One (1) hour; if the quorum is still not complete the meeting will be cancelled and considered not held.

Article 11

Procedures of Congress:
  • The invitation is extended by the Federation to members to attend the Congress, at least Four (4) months before the meeting.
  • Member Federations are required to send the names of their candidates to the membership of the Council and Sub-Committees. Federation should also send its proposals during a period of not more than One (1) month from the date they receive the invitation.
  • The Federation should send the agenda of the Congress along with members' proposals and nominations (When the meeting includes elections) attached with the administrative and financial reports and any other instructions at a date not less than One (1) month from the date of Congress meeting.
  • Nominations and proposals received by the Federation after the deadline would not be considered.

Article 12

General Rules:
  • Voting for members' nominations for the Councils positions shall be by raising the hands if there is one person nominated for the post. If there is more than one nomination for a certain post, secret voting shall take place.
  • Congress decision shall be effected and obligatory to the Member Federations and Members after Thirty (30) days from the Congress meeting. Congress may vote for the decision's effectiveness immediately or defer it for a longer period.
  • The Congress shall not consider any subject other on the agenda unless a request is submitted by two-thirds (2/3) of Congress eligible members to add such topics to the agenda for discussion, except the proposals regarding the statutes which should not be included in these items.
  • Voting on proposals and recommendations will be raising the hands of or by any other means to be agreed upon, and the proposal shall be considered ratified with agreement of majority.
  • Voting for members' nominations for the Councils positions shall be by raising the hands if there is one person nominated for the post. If there is more than one nomination for a certain post, secret voting shall take place.

Article 13

The Council:

The Council is composed of:

  • The President of AHF
  • The 1st Vice-President of AHF
  • Four Vice-Presidents of AHF
  • Secretary General
  • Treasurer
  • Five elected members
  • One Female member
  • Chairmen of the AHF Committees not already on the Council

Article14

Qualification for Membership of the Council:
  • The candidates should be nominated by their national Federation and carry out nationality of the relative Federation and their election will be on their personal capacity.
  • He / She should not be less than Thirty (30) years of age during the nomination.
  • He / She should have interest in Handball game and have a previous experience in Handball administration.
  • A Council Member can nominate himself for the Council in his same position if he had completed at least one full term as the council member.

Article 15

Depriving the membership of the Council:

The Council member will be deprived of following cases:

  • Demise.
  • Resignations.
  • Absence from Three (3) consecutive meetings without giving reason in writing. A determination in this regard should be issued by the Council.
  • If the member misuses his position or indulges in any discourteous conduct or corruption which may damage in any way the reputation of the Federation. In case of vacancy in Council's executive positions due to one of the reasons mentioned the Congress will appoint one of its members to fill the vacancy for the remaining period of the Council.
  • If there is more than four vacancies in the Council and the remaining period of the council exceeds 6 months, an extra-ordinary Congress shall be convened within six months to elect the Council members who will complete the vacancies.
  • In case of any vacancy of Council's positions due to one of the reasons mentioned, the substitute will be elected in the next Ordinary Congress.

Article 16

Meeting of the Council:
  • The Council will hold an ordinary meeting once a year. The quorum for legal Council meeting will be the attendance of more than of its members.
  • If the quorum is not complete, meeting shall be postponed for only a day and then will be legal, provided the members who attend are not less than one-third of the Council. The President or one of the Vice Presidents must be present.
  • The Council may hold its meeting when convened by the President or upon the request of one-third of Council members, whenever necessary. The President or one of the Vice Presidents must be present.

Article 17

Responsibilities of the Council:
    • Executing Congress decisions.
    • Appointing the Executive Committee.
    • Forming the following Sub-Committees:

Competition & Organization Committee.
Playing Rules & Referees Committee.
Coaching & Methods Committee.
Information & Development Committee.
Medical Committee.
Marketing Committee.
Under developed countries Committee.
Youth and School Handball Committee.

  • Approving the by-laws and regulations for the various committees.
  • Setting up and controlling the by-laws for administrative and financial affairs.
  • Settling any disputes which may arise between members and to give them the advice and guidance.
  • Drawing up the calendar of activities of the Federation.
  • Considering the applications for the Membership of the Federation and take them to the Congress. Awarding temporary membership to the new member federations until the next Congress.
  • Considering the proposals of Member Federations.
  • Reviewing budgets, administrative and financial reports before submitting them to the Congress.
  • Applying international by-laws regarding players and their transfers.
  • Setting up Regulations for penalties and fines based on the By-laws.
  • Taking decisions on the matters which were not stated in the statutes and organizing the Federation's affairs, provided that these matters and affairs should be referred to in the annual report.
  • To take decisions on the matters which were not stated in the statutes and to organize the Federation's affairs, provided that these matters and affairs should be referred to in the annual report.
  • Explanation of the statutes and by-laws
  • Dispensing the Chairman or any member(s) of a Sub-Committee before the expiry of his term and may ask a suitable member(s) to take over the responsibilities of the Chairman, Member or those who were retired.
  • The Council has the right to dissolve a Sub-Committee or all the Commissions and re-compose it for reasonable reasons.
  • ) The Council has the right to take Decisions in the emergency situations by passing. In this case the decisions should be unanimous.
  • Employing, promoting and discharging the employees.
  • Taking important financial decisions inside the frame of the Budget and the agreement for the Budget of the Commissions.
  • Submitting the Proposals to the Congress.
  • Reviewing the administrative and Technical reports submitted from the Member Federations to the Congress and giving necessary advices.
  • Forming a Working Group for completing the certain duties.
  • Presenting the Commemorative Plaques and Certificates to the Best Member Federations.
  • Appointing a Representative of the Federation for International Friendly Matches organized by the Member Federations.
  • Taking decisions in urgent matters related to the Congress, provided these decisions should be submitted during the next Congress for the approval.
  • Suspend or Frozen one of the Council Members or one of the Member Federations if they acted in serious violations, after proper investigations provided these decisions should be submitted during the next Congress for the approval.
  • Selecting One of the Council Members to represent in the Executive Committee of AHF.
  • Approving the Contracts and Agreements in which the AHF will be one of the part.

Article 18

The Executive Committee:
    • The Executive Committee is composed of:

President of AHF .
The First Vice-President of AHF
Secretary-General
Treasurer.
A Council member selected by the Council

  • Federation with the Treasurer.
  • The Executive Committee holds a meeting once every Six (6) months or/and whenever necessary.
  • It supervises the work of all committees of the Federation and controls the administrative, financial and technical affairs of the Federation.
  • It takes prompt decision when necessary on the telephone, by telegram, telex or facsimile and report them to the Council in its meeting.
  • It appoints, promotes and controls employees.
  • All decisions taken by the Executive Committee should be effective and ratified by the Council.

Article 19

Responsibilities of the President of AHF:
  • The President shall represent the Federation on all occasions before the others, also before the court during the disputes where the AHF will be a part, as its spokesman in the name of AHF.
  • The President shall preside over the meetings of the Congress, Council and the Executive Committee.
  • Shall sanction and sign agreements and contracts which are approved by the Council.
  • Shall control technical, administrational and financial matters of AHF and sign cheques and financial matters of the Federation with the Treasurer.
  • Attending and Presiding the meetings of all the Working Committees of the Federation.

Article 20

Responsibilities of the Vice-Presidents:

During the absence of the President due to illness or travel, the First Vice-President will take all the responsibilities, In case of absence of the first vice-president due to illness or travel the elder vice-president will take the responsibilities of the President of AHF.

Article 21

Responsibilities of the Secretary-General:
  • He calls for the meetings and makes necessary arrangements and procedures for holding the Congress, the Council and the Executive Committee. He writes the minutes of said meetings.
  • He will be in charge of all administrative affairs and implement the Federation's decisions.
  • He shall be responsible for all correspondence of the Federation and shall sign the letters on behalf of it, except those considered necessary by the Council for signature of the President.
  • He should up-to-date all office records.
  • Receiving and reviewing the applications of affiliation before presenting to the Council.
  • Issuing a bulletin covering the latest news of AHF and Member Federations.
  • Sign cheques with the Treasurer in the absence of the President.
  • He shall attend all Committee meetings.
  • Preparing and presenting proposals from the Member Federations to the Council and the Executive Committee.
  • Making the administrative report about the AHF activities and presenting it to the Council and the Congress.

Article 22

Responsibilities of the Treasurer:
  • 1) He shall be responsible for AHF incomes and expenses and take care of the Archives, Documents and Financial Records of AHF.
  • Depositing the AHF revenue in the Bank chosen by the Council.
  • Implementing the decisions of the Council and the Executive Committee regarding financial affairs.
  • Signing cheques and Financial Matters with the President or the Secretary-General according to the situations.
  • Making the financial report of the AHF and presenting it to the Council and the Congress and preparing the Budget for the next financial year .
  • He shall prepare a statement of expenditure, which will be approved by the Council, and present to the Executive Committee of AHF.
  • Maintaining an imprest account of US$1000 for petty cash expenses.

Article 23

Responsibilities of the commissions of AHF:

The responsibilities of the commission will lay on the cooperation between them in activating the tasks of the Commissions of AHF, and those commissions are:

  • Competition & Organization Committee
  • Playing Rules & Referees Committee
  • Coaching & Methods Committee
  • Medical Committee
  • Marketing Committee
  • Under Developed Countries Committee.
  • Youth and School Handball Committee.
  • Competition & Organization Committee:

    The following tasks shall be incumbent upon this Commission:

    • Organizing AHF Competitions according to the Bylaws and Regulations for Organization and Competition.
    • Drawing up Regulations for AHF Competitions and Qualifications for world championships.
    • Drawing up the Calendar of events of AHF.
    • Cooperate with the other Commissions of AHF.
    • Instructing and supporting the respective commissions or persons responsible in the Member Federations above all in compiling the basic documents required for handball(technical installations, competitions, announcements, guidelines)
    • Supervise and Co-ordinate with the organizing committee of the Asian Championships and Qualifications in planning the tasks of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of AHF events.
  • Playing Rules & Referees Committee:

    The following tasks shall be incumbent upon this Commission:

    • Arranging Referees' Courses at Continental level.
    • Choosing and coaching the Referees participating in the AHF Competitions.
    • Supervise the IHF and AHF Referees in the Asian Continent.
    • Issuing the Badges for International and Continental Referees.
    • Training and Recognizing the Instructors.
    • Nominate International Referees who has been approved by the Council or Executive Committee of the Federation.
    • Cooperate with other commissions of the Federation.
    • Instructing and supporting the respective commissions or persons responsible in the Member Federations.
    • Training the Referees with International Programs (GRTP) arranged by IHF.
    • Arranging the Instruments for Education and Demonstration.
  • Coaching & Methods Committee:

    The following tasks shall be incumbent upon this Commission:

    • Analyzing the Asian competitions and games and drawing up proposals on the future content, organization and the structure of handball in the continent.
    • Holding seminars and courses for the Coaches in Continental level.
    • Compiling teaching materials and holding basic and advanced training Courses for Coaches in the continental level.
    • Recognizing and Training the lecturers.
    • Promoting the School and Mini-Handball
    • Cooperation with all other committees of AHF
    • Instructing and supporting the respective commissions or persons responsible in the Member Federations.
    • Registration, classification and expanding the list of technical issues (films, video, photos, posters) in the field of training.
    • Participating in the arguments related to the amendments in the rules of the game in cooperation with the Playing Rules and referees Commission.
  • Promotion and Public Relations Committee:

    The following tasks shall be incumbent upon this Commission:

    • Support the Executive Committee in the matters of public relations of AHF (media, publications, online).
    • Compiling a catalogue, films, photos and posters and paintings about the History of AHF.
    • Create a library to meet the needs of the member federations in the various areas of the game.
    • Preparing, coordinating and producing teaching and promotional materials.
    • Cooperation with all other committees of AHF.
    • Instructing and supporting the respective commissions or persons responsible in the Member Federations.
  • Medical Committee:

    The following tasks shall be incumbent upon this Commission:

    • Checking the Doping Reports of the Players.
    • Initiating the exchange of experience on sports medicine and participating in international medical symposia.
    • Drawing up publications and teaching and cultural programs in the field of sports medicine and circulating to all member federations.
    • Cooperate with the COC in all competitions and courses.
    • Cooperation with CCM and PRC during the training courses and in the things related to the preparation of Referees in medical terms.
    • Guide and support the similar responsible persons or commissions of the Member Federations.
    • Coordination with the medical committee and with the Anti-Doping office of International Handball Federation.
    • Cooperation with all other committees of AHF
  • Marketing Committee:

    The following tasks shall be incumbent upon this Commission:

    • Development of Asian Handball Federation's resources by marketing the advertising rights, television and radio broadcasts and through the Internet and mobile for the various tournaments.
    • Drafting the Contracts with sponsors and advertisers and display the wordings to the Council and the Executive Committee of the Federation for discussion and ratification.
    • Define the product of tournaments and courses organized by the Asian Federation.
    • Coordinating the Calendar of events with the COC to achieve the highest return on View and, thus, achieve the highest return material.
    • Making agreement with the advertising companies to do the advertising jobs for the Asian Championships and courses.
    • Cooperation with all other committees of AHF
    • Determine the quality of advertising and the companies that will be implemented.
    • Determine the official sponsors and ordering them according to the material value.
    • Access to the stadiums and halls, where the competitions and courses will be held.
    • Knowledge of the areas that can be exploited to show ads during tournaments and courses.
    • Determine the financial value of each advertisement by the location and area of advertising and its proximity to the halls and inside the halls.
    • Print tickets and posters after the agreement with the Sponsors.
    • Put ads on cars and on places such as the reception area of the coming delegations and their accommodations.
    • Issuing Posters, IDs, Shields and Gifts related to the Competitions and Courses.
  • Under Developed Countries Committee.

    The following tasks shall be incumbent upon this Commission:

    • Provide development program and aid for development of the member federations to the Executive Committee and the Council of Federation for discussion and adoption.
    • Promoting the Mini Handball together with the Commission for Coaching and Methods.
    • Promoting the School Handball together with the Commission for Coaching and Methods.
    • Providing financial and administrational support to the Member Federations for hosting the courses for coaches, referees and officials together with CCM and PRC.
    • Guiding and supporting the similar commissions and the responsible persons of other continental federations.
    • Support the Member Federations by giving them the sports materials according to the available budget.
    • Contribute to the travel expenses of the people from member federations in the areas of training, refereeing and administration with available budgets.
    • Cooperation with all other committees of AHF.
  • Youth and School Handball Committee:

    The following tasks shall be incumbent upon this Commission:

    • Promoting the School Handball.
    • Producing brochures and other teaching materials related to the development of Mini Handball.
    • Cooperating with the Coaching and Methods Committee.
    • Cooperating with the Players and Referees Committee.
    • Guide and support the similar responsible persons or commissions of the Continental Federations.
    • Arranging festivals for the Youths.

Article 24

AHF Appeal Authorities:
  • Disciplinary Commission and Jury
    • The appropriate Disciplinary Commission and Jury shall be responsible for settling disputes at international events (Asian Games, Qualifications for World Championships in all categories)
    • The Disciplinary Commission shall consist of a Chairman and two other members, all of whom are designated by the Council before every AHF event. The Disciplinary Commission must concur to decide. These persons may not be associated with any interested party.
    • The Jury shall consist of the highest serving AHF representative present at the event and two officials or technical delegates appointed by him. None of the Jury members may be associated with the Disciplinary Commission or any interested party.
    • Chairmen and members of the Disciplinary Commission and Jury shall be appointed in accordance with the procedure described in the legal procedures. In the absence of two or more members of the Disciplinary Commission, the AHF President or a representative appointed by him shall delegate suitable Council members to serve on the Disciplinary Commission. These persons may not be associated with any interested party.
    • 5. The Disciplinary Commission shall act as the first stage of appeal and handle protests filed at international events against rulings and actions both on and off the field. The Disciplinary Commission shall advise on possible disciplinary actions in the following cases:
      • where a player commits an assault on or off the field (see Rule of the Game 16);
      • where a referee report exists;
      • where an AHF technical delegate reports a case of failure by referees to penalize for a breach of regulations which was drawn to their attention (see Substitution Area Regulations, Point 8). Furthermore, the Disciplinary Commission shall also be responsible for petitions associated with the following:
      • participation of suspended or unauthorized players;
      • judging of a game where a breach of the rules may have been decisive for the outcome of the game;
      • doping violations;
      • Doing Unsportsmanlike conduct off the field, such as failure by teams to attend an award ceremony or failure by coaches or officials to attend press conferences;
      • Intentional improper conduct (Break the limits of decency, etc.).
    • The Jury will handle cases of recourse against Disciplinary Commission rulings. They will have the final word as the second stage of appeal during international events.
    • 7. The Disciplinary Commission and Jury shall be guided by the following underlying principles when making judgment:
      • Referee determinations on facts shall be final.
      • if the appeal authority finds the Breach of the rules or unjustified action by referees, scorekeepers, timekeepers, technical delegates and officials have been decisive for the outcome of the game then the Appeal authority will make the decision in continuing the game.
    • Individuals, clubs or Member Federations may appeal to both the Disciplinary Commission and Jury.
    • The petitioner shall pay the following fees to the AHF for the services of the appeal authorities
      – Protest USD 500.00 (American Dollars)
      – Recourse USD 1,500.00 (American Dollars)
      The aforementioned fees shall be payable at the time of filing of the action.
    • Fees will not be refundable by the AHF on rejection of an appeal. Withdrawal or acceptance of an appeal will entitle the petitioner to a refund of the fee paid and the AHF will cover the procedural costs incurred.
    • . A protest is to be filed in writing within one hour of the end of a game. Recourse may be sought in writing within two hours of receipt of a board ruling. The actual time of handover in person shall be governing in this context. A copy of the submission will be countersigned as confirmation of receipt.
    • . The Disciplinary Commission and Jury are only involved in oral hearings. The parties involved have the right to be heard. A written transcript of the ruling is to be sent to the parties involved. Petitioners are to confirm receipt of rulings by the Disciplinary Commission or Jury and the time of receiving in writing.
  • Arbitration Commission and Arbitration Tribunal
    • Disputes about business activities between Member Federations (see Article 2.2.7.) and the AHF or disputes arising out of Asian events shall come under the jurisdiction of the Arbitration Commission and Arbitration Tribunal.
    • The Arbitration Commission shall consist of a Chairman and ten members elected by the Congress. Each Continental Confederation shall have at least one member among the 10 Arbitration Commission members. Three persons who may not be associated with any interested party must concur to decide.
    • The Arbitration Tribunal shall consist of a Chairman and ten members elected by the Congress. Each Member Federation shall have at least one member among the 10 Arbitration Tribunal members. At least three persons from the commission who may not be associated with any interested party must concur to decide.
    • Both Chairmen and the members of the Arbitration Commission and the Arbitration Tribunal shall be elected by the Congress. The Member Federations and the Council shall be entitled to make nominations.
    • Chairmen and members of the Arbitration Commission and Arbitration Tribunal may not exercise any other function within the AHF or the Member Federations. They must be able to demonstrate their capability to perform the specific function by means of their specialist knowledge and experience.
    • Should the Chairman of the Arbitration Commission or Arbitration Tribunal resign mid-term, the Council may appoint a temporary Chairman pending the election of a new Chairman at the next Congress. If a member resigns from either of these two bodies, the Council shall appoint a successor at the proposal of the respective Chairman.
    • The Arbitration Commission will mediate in disputes in the activities between AHF Member Federations and Continental Federations, also between AHF and the above mentioned parties, on request. Disputes involving a single continent shall come under the jurisdiction of the appropriate Continental Confederation's appeal authority. The AHF Arbitration Tribunal as last appeal authority may – if authorized by corresponding legal provisions – be invoked in an appeal against their final ruling.
    • The Arbitration Tribunal handles appeals against rulings of the Arbitration Commission or the Member Federation's appeal authority. The former shall have the final word as the second stage of appeal.
    • Individuals, clubs, Member Federations and the Council may appeal to the Arbitration Commission and Arbitration Tribunal.
    • The petitioner shall pay the following sums to the AHF for the services of the appeal authorities:
      – Appeal USD 5,000.– (American Dollars)
      – Final Appeal USD 10,000.– (American Dollars)
      The aforementioned fees shall be payable at the time of filing of the action.
    • For both Arbitration Commission and Arbitration Tribunal hearings, staff and material costs incurred e.g. for travel and accommodation, will be payable in addition to the fees specified in Article 2.2.10.
    • Fees and procedural costs will not be refundable by the AHF on rejection or withdrawal of an appeal. Acceptance of an appeal will entitle the petitioner to a refund of the fee paid and the AHF will cover the procedural costs incurred, unless they are imposed on the party responsible.
    • An appeal may be filed with the Arbitration Commission at the latest up to two months after the disputed event via the AHF Head Office. In this case, the date of the postmark of the registered letter is the date of filing of the appeal. The petitioner is to expect judgment or an interim ruling by the Arbitration Commission within two months of receipt of the petition by the AHF (date as postmark).
    • A final appeal may be lodged against an Arbitration Commission ruling with the Arbitration Tribunal at the latest up to one month after receipt of the ruling.
    • In case of dismissal of a Council or Executive Committee member a protest can be lodged within 30 days, with a simultaneous payment of USD 2,500.- at the Arbitration Commission.
    • It is possible to appeal to the Arbitration Tribunal against an Arbitration Commission decision regarding a dismissal within 15 days after the receipt of the decision. The appeal shall be submitted together with payment of appeal fee of USD 2,500.
    • It is up to the Chairman of the Arbitration Commission and Arbitration Tribunal to opt for oral or written proceedings. The Chairman may accordingly request oral or written statements (within a specified period in the latter case) from the parties involved. In oral hearings, the parties involved may defend their right to a personal hearing at their own cost on request.
  • Proceedings:
    • The AHF appeal authorities may only act on the basis of a written petition. Before proceedings can be instigated, the Chairman of the respective appeal authority is to verify the appropriate jurisdiction. Where the appeal authority has no legal jurisdiction, the petition will be rejected and the petitioner will receive information on the options available for legal redress.
    • Each AHF appeal authority shall deliberate with the following composition: a Chairman and two members who are selected by the Chairman from the established circle. They may not be associated with any interested party and may not disclose information to any third party throughout the proceedings. Furthermore, they are obliged to keep confidential the internal appeal authority activities after the end of the proceedings.
    • Oral hearings are not mandatory. The parties involved and in dispute are questioned orally or in writing. They are obliged to disclose information to the relevant appeal authority. Witnesses may be called where necessary.
    • Each appeal authority is to base its findings and judgment on the Regulations Concerning Penalties and Fines as well as on stipulations of other regulations, where they prove relevant to the facts of the case.
    • The judgment by the appeal authority will be established by deliberation and vote. The written transcript of the judgment is to contain the following details
      • Type of legal action requested, particulars of petitioner and case at issue, title of the appeal authority and list of members, type of proceedings (oral or written), time and place of hearing and of signing of the judgment, text of the judgment (including apportionment of costs) and reasons for the judgment as well as instructions about the right to appeal.
      • Judgments require the signature of the Chairman.
      • The parties in dispute, the AHF Head Office and the relevant Member Federation or Continental Confederation (depending on the parties in dispute) are each to receive a written transcript of the judgment or a certificate of judgment, if that is enough.
    • In case a legal appeal is claimed the proceedings may be delayed.
  • Execution of Judgment:
    • Judgment is passed on by the Chairman of the appeal authority and executed by the AHF Head Office.
    • The relevant Member Federation shall be liable for penalties against players, officials and clubs, and the relevant Continental Confederation shall assume liability in turn for Member Federations
  • Ethics Commission:
    • The Ethics Commission shall consist of a Chairman and up to three members deemed necessary.
    • The Ethics Commission shall be elected by the Congress following a proposal from the Council.
    • The function of this body shall be governed by the AHF Ethics Code as established by the AHF Council.

Article 25

Dissolving Federation Council:

The Federation Council will be dissolved in the following circumstances:

  • When it loses confidence of the Congress by 3/4 majority of present members, who have the right to vote.
  • If the majority of Council Members had resigned. In case of dissolving the Federation Council, the Congress should appoint a temporary committee to administrate the affairs of the Federation. Provided the Congress should hold a meeting to elect new Council members within three months from dissolving the Council.

Article 26

Financial Regulation of AHF:

The following are the income sources of the Federation:

Sources of the income:

The following are the Income sources of the Federation:

    • Subsidiaries from the Country of Head Quarters: Grants and subsidiaries of the following description, to be provided by the Government of the Country where the Headquarters are located.
    • Membership Fee and Annual Subscription Fee
    • Grants, Subsidiaries and Donations approved by the Council or Executive Committee.
    • AHF's share of income from International Matches, Official Matches and Friendly Matches organized by the Member Federations according to the Hosting Contract of AHF.
    • Income of Advertising on the Sportswear and in the Playing Halls and any other source of income from advertising during the Asian Championships.
    • Against the Television transmission and Photographs during the Asian Championships.
    • Video recordings.
    • Any other revenues approved by the Council or Executive Committee

Affiliation and subscription fee:

  • Affiliation fee is US$ 100.00
  • Annual subscription fee for the Member Federations is payable according to the following levels:
    First Level Countries (500 U$D)
    CHN – JPN – KOR – KUW – QAT – KSA – UAE – IRI - BRN
    Second Level Countries (300 U$D)
    JOR – OMA –TPE - LIB – SYR – KAZ – THA – IRQ – UZB
    Third Level Countries (100 U$D)
    AFG – BAN – HKG –IND– KGZ – MAC – MAS – MGL – NEP – PAK – PLE – PHL – PRK– TAJ – TKM– VIE – YEM – BRU
  • If the Member Federations fails to pay their annual subscription fee, should be deprived of its right of vote, attending the Congress and nomination.
  • If any other countries apply for the Membership of AHF, then the Council will decide the level of the country to pay their fee accordingly.

Travel & Accommodation Expenses:

  • Member Federations will bear travel and full board accommodation expenses of its Council Members to attend the Council meeting and the Congress.
  • The Federation will pay travel, board and lodging expenses of the Executive Committee Members.
  • Member Federations will pay travel and accommodation expenses for members of the sub-committees nominated by them to attend the Federation's sub-committee meetings.
  • The Federation will pay travel and lodging expenses of any person who is sent on official assignment after the approval of the Council or Executive Committee

Daily Allowance for Official Missions (Subject to the availability of funds):

  • Council member, Executive Director and those who have same functional rank will get a daily allowance of US$300.00 to cover their accommodation and local transportation expenses, when on official assignments.
  • Other Member's Daily allowance is US$100.00, when on official assignments.
  • US$100 will be paid if the host covers boarding & lodging expenses of the Council member, Executive Director and those who have same functional rank.
  • Extra allowances for one day before and after the mission will be paid.

Air Tickets:

  • The Federation will provide Business Class air tickets to the Executive Committee members, Council members, Executive Director and those who have same functional rank when on official assignment. In case the main office Secretariat personnel are assigned for a mission, the Federation will provide them with Economy class air tickets.

General Conditions:

  • The fiscal year of AHF starts on January 1st and ends on December 31st of each year.
  • Other member's daily allowance is US$150.00, when on official assignments.The Federation spends its money on the matters for which it was founded.
  • The Federation money should be deposited in the Bank chosen by the Council.

Article 27

Forfeiture and Suspension of Membership:

The Membership of a Federation may be forfeited for the following reasons:

  • At a written request of the concerned Federation.
  • For a behavior in contradiction with the aims and objectives of the Federation.
  • For violation of AHF's Statutes, Rules and Regulations.
  • The Council may suspend the membership for a certain period for the reason of bad behavior stated in the above mentioned items (2) & (3), provided that the Council members should submit a sufficient report to the Congress to decide and impose the appropriate penalty or fine. The forfeiture of membership should be approved by Three- Quarters (3/4) of the Congress members.
  • If the Member Federation fails to pay its annual subscription during the period allowed in Article (26) Item (2) (Annual Subscription), its membership should be suspended and deprived of its right of attending the Congress, voting and nomination, until settlement of all of the financial obligations.

Article 28

Penalties:
    • The Council of the Federation can impose on the Member Federations or one of its Members or one of its Commission Members or the Individuals belonging to the Federations, what it sees suitable of the following penalties:

Cution.
Warning.
Fines.
Suspending Membership after the investigation.

  • The Executive Committee is entitled to impose the penalties mentioned here (a,b,c,d) in the first paragraph of this article and a fine of not more than US$15,000/-. Also it has the right to suspend the membership temporarily until the necessary action has been taken by the Council.

Article 29

Implementation of the revised statues of AHF:
  • This Statute shall be implemented from the date of approval in Ordinary AHF Congress held in Guangzhou, China on 14 November 2010 and all of the Ex-Statutes will be considered as expired.
  • The Council has the right to explain these articles and issuing regulations and instructions for implementing the provisions of this law.
  • If any disputes arise between the Federations and from any other side, the Court in the Country of the Head Quarters will solve the dispute.