Secret German ‘Common Intention Declaration’ a threat to WMA?
I wrote everyone on the EMA Council and selected WMA folks, including President Stan Perkins. No response. But USATF national masters chair Rex Harvey told me: âDonât know what this is â first time Iâve heard of it.â
One source I trust as authoritative says that it was created mainly by Margit Jungmann and that Stan knows about it. Margit has signed it two times, in fact â at Porto Alegre and Perth worlds, Iâm told.
âIn Porto Alegre, she was asked about this document by a Finnish delegate and she proudly said, âYes, of course!ââ my source says.
In Perth last October, Margit was unanimously elected WMAâs executive vice president. Does the âCommon Intention Declarationâ mean the interests of Germany come before WMA? She hasnât responded to my queries, so who knows?
WMA has its problems. But it doesnât need a nagging suspicion that its own exec veep is being ordered to vote or act first in the interests of the DLV.
What this means in practice, I have no clue. Do you?
Hereâs the text:
In favour of the cooperation between the representatives of the German Athletics Federation in national and international associations of Sport and the German Athletics Federation itÂself.
The German Athletics Federation (DLV) is one of the most important and most influential organisaÂtions in National German Sport and in the inernational Sportsfederations.
The European Veterans Athletics Association (EVAA) is the one and only recognized and leading Continental European Association within the World Masters Movement and excels by its recent innovations and by implementing the supporting rules and directives in favour of the Veterans Sports, in which the synergies in the common fight against Doping get a special attention.
The German Athletics Federation (DLV) supports and enhances the development and progress of the national and international Athletics.
Accordingly the German Athletics Federation promotes acÂtively the candidatures of the representatives of the German Athletics Federation in the national and international Structures and Associations and makes use of its right of proposal for elections, appointments and nominations.
The underneath named and proposed representative of the German Athletics Federation, has to identify himself as the Ambassador of the German athletics movement, as far as his powers as president of the EVAA allow him.
He is obligated to be loyal to the German Athletics Federation and his representatives first, in the world of influence and interest world and interest of the EVAA and its members. He cooperates with the specific groups, commissions, structures and the council of the German Athletics Federation. For that purpose, the Council of the German Athletics Federation appoints always one of his members as a direct person of contact for the supported representative.
These persons of contact get appointed by written document. This cooperation is especially defined by a mutual obligation of information, within the limits of the confidentiality clauses which might be applicable as well for the German Athletics Federation as for the Europeans Veterans Athletics Association.
The elected or appointed representative informs the German Athletics Federation through his apÂpointed person of contact about the decisions from the concerned international structure, if not proÂhibited by confidentiality clauses.
Before reaching a decision, the elected or appointed representative has to ask for the opinion and conviction of the German Athletics Federation concerning those matters, if these final decisions could influence the interest of the German Athletics Federation.
The representative has to present this position of the German Athletics Federation in the discussions of the international structure before a decision will be reached by the system of a simple majority.
The person of contact of the German Athletics Federation informs the elected or appointed reÂpresentative about the positions and opinions of the special commissions and/or the Council of the German Athletics Federation.
The German Athletics Federation creates the possibility to present or propose specific items in the special commissions or the Council.
The German Athletics Federation will invite at a regularly basis or in case of necessity the elected or appointed representative at meetings of the special commissions or the Council of the German Athletics Federation.
Darmstadt I Lausanne, 30.04.2012