IFMA constantly works on the instruments that enables further development of the sport of Muaythai and allows to govern the sport in efficient manner. One of these instruments are rules, regulations and guidelines that has been developed to facilitate mediation of disputes and procedures for settling disagreements among members.
IFMA publishes relevant rules and codes on the website, and regularly conducts workshops and seminars that are targeting athletes, officials (referees & judges), members of the entourage, IFMA executives, and representatives of the NFs. In this manner, it is hoped that every stakeholder will find the relevant guidelines to help avoid disputes or conflicts, or to understand contexts in which they have the right to seek redress.
Internal Dispute Resolution
The party (an individual, an NF, a CF, etc) bringing the complaint must submit a formal request in writing that the other side meet, in order to discuss the matter and resolve the dispute. The IF must accept any such requests, and respond formally within 21 days. IFMA will designate a member of the Executive Board to attend the meeting as a representative. No fees are to be charged for participation in such a meeting.
After IFMA’s formal response, the meeting must occur promptly, at a location and time agreed to by all parties. If distance is a factor and travel would be expensive for all parties, the parties may agree to meet via a telephone conference call or electronic medium, such as skype. If the parties prefer the meeting to happen face to face, both sides must bear their own expenses (travel and/or accommodation, as necessary).
Once the meeting is in session, the parties must each clearly state the facts of their respective positions and reasoning. Discussion must be conducted in a good faith, in an effort to resolve the dispute.
Should agreement between the parties be reached, such resolution must be put into writing and signed by all the parties involved. Such agreement is understood to be binding if it satisfies two criteria: a) that it is not in contravention of the law, or IFMA’s governing articles, and b) that the representative of IFMA present had the authority to agree to a settlement, or that the settlement is ratified by the IFMA Executive Committee.
“Appeals Against Disciplinary Action.” In such cases where an individual or member NF seeks to appeal a disciplinary action taken by IFMA in accordance with IFMA’s Constitution, Rules & Regulations, Anti-Doping Code Conduct Policy or Code of Ethics, the IDR process may be used, but in such a case the representative member of the IFMA Executive Committee attending the meeting does not have authority to reach a settlement alone.
Instead, he or she must submit a report for review by the Executive Committee, which shall then vote on the matter. If disciplinary action is not amended, there is no right to a second appeal within the IFMA mechanism.