EOSF is a continental association created under the General Statutes of the World Obstacle, the Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles (FISO). EOSF has acquired legal status and is organised in accordance with the laws governing the country in which its Headquarters are located. EOSF is organised as a registered Association. The institutional (legal) name of the association is "European Obstacle Sports Federation" . Its seat shall be in Lausanne, Switzerland (initially, it will be located in the home country of the President).
EOSF consists of those national member federations of FISO assigned to it by FISO. The national federations which are members of EOSF are listed in Annex 1, as attached to these Bye-Laws.
EOSF is designated as the sole competent authority authorised and delegated by FISO for promoting, supervising, and directing all men’s and women’s obstacle course racing activities within the Zone.
EOSF has the purpose to promote, supervise and direct obstacle course racing in Europe. EOSF fulfils this purpose in particular by:
EOSF shall pursue the above purposes solely and directly in a non-for-profit manner. The Association shall not act for its own gains and shall not primarily pursue economic goals of its own.
The resources of the Association may only be used for the purposes which are in accordance with these Bye-Laws. The members shall not receive any remuneration out of the resources of the Association.
No person shall be preferred through expenditure which is foreign to the purposes of the Association or by disproportionately high remuneration.
National federations shall benefit from the rights granted to them by these Bye-Laws and Regulations and decisions made under them.
Registration for EOSF competitions shall be open to national teams and club teams affiliated to national federations, according to the structure of competitions as defined by the Board of EOSF in accordance with Article 15 of these Bye-Laws.
National federations shall:
A national federation may be sanctioned if it violates, contravenes or otherwise fails to comply with these provisions.
Leagues or any other groups of clubs at national federation level shall be permitted to operate only with the national federation's expressed consent and shall be subordinate to it. The national federation shall define the powers delegated to any such group, as well as its rights and obligations.
International Leagues or any other group of clubs at European level shall be permitted to operate only with the expressed consent of EOSF. EOSF shall define the powers delegated to any such group, as well as its rights and obligations. The regulations of any such group shall be subject to the approval of EOSF.
The Secretary shall manage the administration of EOSF and assume all responsibility for it. He may not hold any elected or appointed position within a national federation.
The Secretary is the sole legal representative of EOSF and shall be appointed by the Board of EOSF and shall remain in office until the expiration of his term of office, as determined by a contract of employment.
The Secretary, personally or through his advisors, shall be responsible for the study and implementation of measures concerning the promotion, supervision and direction of obstacle course racing in the European Zone.
With the exception of the Legal and Appeals Commission when it is considering an appeal, he shall be an ex-officio member of all the Permanent Commissions and enjoy voting rights.
The Secretary shall have the following duties:
What are ObstacleSports?
Obstacle Sports include Ninja Competitions, Obstacle Course Racing and Adventure Racing, each composed of Disciplines and Events where athletes run and / or overcome obstacles in timed races. There are many event formats across several disciplines, with distances from 50 meters to hundred of kilometers. The most common event formats are mass participation, cross country races from 5 km to 25 km in length.
What is the European Obstacle Sports Federation?
EOSF is the association of the national federation members of World Obstacle (FISO) in Europe. We are a not for profit, democratic, federative association representing the needs of the athletes in each member country.
What is World Obstacle?
World Obstacle, institutional name the Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles (FISO) is the international governing body and sole competent authority for obstacle sports and related disciplines worldwide. We are an independent association composed of national member federations in more than 80 countries.
What is the Mission of EOSF?
The Mission of EOSF is to promote Obstacle Sports and it's related disciplines throughout Europe, to lead Obstacle Sports, and represent the needs of the athlete members of all national federations members. We promote official European Championships in various disciplines and events for our member federations and their athlete members.
What is the Goal of EOSF?
The goal of EOSF is to contribute to the greater good of humankind by educating all through participation in sport, without discrimination or bias of any kind. We aim to facilitate mutual understanding, collaboration, friendship and fairness between the athletes and all parties of interest.
Who are we?
EOSF is a not-for-profit independent international organisation made up of volunteers to represent the needs of the athletes. The President presides over all its activities, while the Congress and Executive Committee are responsible for taking the main decisions for the organisation. Member national federations represent the athletes in the EOSF Congress and propose and vote on policies and rules for their benefit.
What does EOSF and World Obstacle do?
We facilitates safety, fairness and opportunities for athletes to compete at every level, including FISO World Championships, World Series and European Championships. This includes international results and rankings, officials, training, rule enforcement, insurance services, coaching, training camps, event information, event services, news, education, adjudication and more.
Who are the members of EOSF
The members of EOSF are the national federation members of World Obstacle in Europe, representing over 40 countries. Each national federation is composed of athlete members and represents their needs and interests.
How is the EOSF governed?
EOSF is governed by a volunteer board made up of obstacle race enthusiasts, sport professionals, Olympians, athletes, medical practitioners and event producers from across the member national federations. Board members are nominated by members prior to election at annual general meetings called the Congress.
Are EOSF board and committee members paid?
As a not for profit organisation, all Board and Committee and Commission Members are volunteers and are not paid. Members in governance are entitled to be reimbursed for expenses, as long as they are pre-approved.
What are EOSF’s goals?
EOSF is committed to securing the sustainability and growth of obstacle course racing in all European countries. Our goals are:
Who does EOSF support?
EOSF's primary purpose is to support the federation members, their athlete members, and provide the platforms and opportunities for athletes to participate at the highest level in the sport
What is World Obstacles long term plan?
World Obstacle has Observer Status of the Global Association of International Sport Federations (GAISF) having satisfied most of the requirements specified by for approval as an internationally recognised sport under the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Will EOSF and World Obstacle stifle obstacle innovation?
No. Our goal is to encourage the growth, diversity and innovation in Obstacle Sports. While World Obstacle develops obstacle guidelines and standards for various Championships, these guidelines do not hinder race organisations innovating obstacles or formats, or require them to include restrictive race rules.
Will the EOSF force race brands to adhere to strict guidelines?
No. It is our goal that race directors from across Europe adhere to a standard set of safety & medical guidelines that benefit all athletes. When it comes to obstacles and race formats, race organisations encouraged to operate and innovate new obstacles and race formats.
There are guidelines in place that are part of a long-term strategy for Obstacle Sports to achieve medal events at International Multisport Games.
Is World Obstacle affiliated with any international sporting organizations.
Yes, World Obstacle has Observer Status of the Global Association of International Sport Federations (GAISF) and is close to satisfying the requirements needed for approval by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). We adhere to the policies of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and is a member of ASTM, the International standards working group that specifies obstacle course safety policies for obstacle events. World Obstacle attends international conferences and follows guidelines for SafeSport, Transgender, Medical Safety, event sustainability and responsible business practices.
How can EOSF help me?
As a member based nonprofit, EOSF exists to represent the needs of the athletes through their national federations. Please sign up to become a member of your national federation and consider joining their board and committees. You can help ensure the future of your sport by joining a committee of EOSF and / or World Obstacle.