BAVA - General Assembly - minutes 22/9/2017
The minutes from the general assembly are published below
Minutes of meeting: BAMA GENERAL ASSEMBLY (GA)- STARA ZAGORA
Held At: Press Room of the Beroe Stadium Date:22 Sept 2017
Stara Zagora - 19:30 hours
Co- chaired by: BAMA President ZDRAVKA YORDANOVA
BAMA Gen Secretary Valeriu Rosetnic
Gouncil members: Zoran Milakovid BAMA Vice-President (ZM)
Ergan Ozkan BAMA Technical Director (EO)
No Gountrv Representative
1 Bosnia-Herzegovina Dr Zlatan Hrelja (ZH)
Elvir Kadrid (EK)
2 Bulgaria Zdravka Yordanova (ZY)
Krasimira Chahova (KC)
3 Croatia DamirJakobovi6 (DJ)
lvan Puk5ar (lP)
4 Greece Odysseas Agros (OA)
Julious Abott (JA)
5 Rep Moldova OIqa Coqalniceanu (OC)
6 Montenegro Gojko Banjevic (GB)
Draqoliub Koprivica (DK)
7 Romania Robertino Tdnase (RT)
Dan Marinescu (DM)
I Serbia Nebojsa Besara (NB)
Du5ka Lorbek Mandi6 (DLM)
I Slovenia Jurij Novak (JN)
Marko Sluqa (MS)
10 Turkey Nurettin Memur (NM)
Ercan Ozkan (EO)
Vesna Repi6 Cujid EMA Representative
Selma Turkkal WMA Council member
Michalis Coutsoudakis OEVAS delegate for Agenda item 7.2 (MCl
Nick Lagoyiannis OEVAS delegate for Agenda item 7.2 (NL)
0. lntroductorv Matters
1. President Zdravka Yordanova welcomes the delegates attending the BAMA
Ordinary General Assembly and introduces the Council members and the guests.
2. EMA representative Vesna Repid speaking in Serbian and then in English extends
the EMA Council greetings to the attendees and wishes success to the General
Assemblv and to the athletics competition.
3. All BAMA Members are duly represented in the statutorily convened GA and the
voting power of each Member is statutorily recorded making a total of 24.
4. The GA agenda is unanimously confirmed.
5. The voted delegates for the certification of the Minutes are dr Zlatan Hrelja from
Bosnia and Ergan Ozkan from Turkey.
6. The proposed scrutineers are Jurij Novak from Slovenia and Dan Marinescu from
7. Proposals bv the Council
The General Secretary proposed a Seven Years' Turn rule to host BAMA
7.1 Outdoor championships by the seven countries which have organized the
event starting in 2011.
The Slovenia, Turkey and Croatia delegates confirmed the commitment of their
federations to host BAMACS in 2018,2019 and, respectively 2020.
The delegates from Romania, Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria expressed their
agreement with the principle only given the relatively long time span ahead delayed
a commitment for a precise year.
To the general satisfaction the proposal passed successfully.
7.2 The BAMA Members were asked to make a resolution on the representation of
Greek masters in the future General Assemblies.
The delegates from the Greek Masters'Athletics (GMA) and, respectively, the Greek
Veterans Athletic Federation (OEVAS) were each given five minutes to put their
case in front of the Assembly. Each Member federation could then ask one question
to each of the two.
The GMA representative OA apologized for the internal fight within the two masters’
organizations in his country. He told about the letters the GMA had sent to the
seniors' federation in Greece - the SEGAS- and to the current OEVAS President
seeking mediation to end the current dispute. Contacts had been initiated with the
OEVAS controlled clubs in view of cooperation to register a united Greek team in
Stara Zagora. All these actions had no answers from the other sides.
The OEVAS delegate MC pointed out from the start that Mr Symeon Symeonidis is
no longer in charge of the organisation he represents and the OEVAS is committed
to respecting the democratic procedures of the BAMA assembly. He went on to
underline that the OEVAS is a federation of many clubs rather than a single club like
the GMA. The Greek Ministry of Sports has officially confirmed the OEVAS as the
only representative of Greece in foreign affairs and therefore the OEVAS should be
considered as such by the other parties. The OEVAS delegate ended by saying that
they will respect any decision made by the BAMA regardless of the outcome,
Romanian delegate DM recalled the EMA Council decision dated July 2016 whereby
the OEVAS was suspended from the WMA role and asked the OEVAS whether this
letter was received and given consideration by them. The answer was "no".
The BAMA President asked each side which future action will be taken by the
winning party with respect to the other after the vote. OA stated that he would
continue his efforts for a united Greek masters' movement under the SEGAS. MC
repeated the previous statements as regards the OEVAS representative status.
Comments on this sad and regrettable Greek case were also made by ZM and ZH
before the assembly proceeded to vote. The President proposed to have a secret
ballot on this item of the agenda. Two countries actually making two fifths of the
membership requested an open ballot and the opinion was in favour of this latest
By a special majority - eight federations in favour against one abstention, Greece
not allowed to vote on this item- the GMA was recognized as the only representative
of the Greek masters in the future BAMA GA-s.
8. Proposals bv the Members
Balkan outdoor championships to be organized in July (proposal by the GMA)
8.1 The arguments put forward by the majority of the Members were against this
proposal. lt was recalled by the longer serving members of the Assembly that this
calendar issue was first debated many years ago and the conclusion had been in
favour of the third week-end in September which since remained. The proposal was
8.2 Kosovo athletes to be seen in BAMA competitions (proposal by the TAF
EO put the case in the terms that the Kosovo athletes have full participation rights in
the IAAF competitions (WMACI, EMACS) and consequently they should become
The Chair presented to the GA the 22.02.2017 application of the Kosovo Athletic
Veteran Association (KAVA) to become a BAMA Member - application rejected by
the Council on account that five of the ten Members have never recognized Kosovo
Independence. One whole page of that application is actually a political manifesto in
support of Kosovo independence with the remaining half a page concerned with
The position of the Chair was that the federations from the 'non-independence'
countries cannot be pushed into any form of indirect recognition of the Kosovo
independence declaration. As regards the IAAF membership it was pointed out that
the rights and obligations of countries under the IAAF Constitution only apply to
competitions organized by a Continental (Area) Association which is not the case of
the BAMA championships. BAMA is not under ABAF either, not forgetting that some
BAMA federations are not related to their national athletics federations.
After making a parallel with the endless ethnic and political tension in his home
country -Bosnia- ZH assessed the difficulty of the decision to be made by BAMA. He
underlined the necessity to avoid any political influence in making such decision. lt
should only be based on athletics considerations,
DM put forward a compromise proposal by which the Kosovo athletes could receive
membership status under the name of their athletics federation (KAVA) subject to
particular restrictions regarding any display of national symbols. lP make the remark
that an amendment to the Statutes would have to be drafted to accommodate such
JN commented that whereas by the time of the 2011 DomZale BAVACS some
Kosovo athletes participated in individual capacity, with Slovenia having recognized
Kosovo independence in the meantime they could now be seen as representing
ZM draw attention upon the fact that the discussion of this item had been for much
of the time about politics rather than athletics. He noted that there were no Kosovo
athletes present in Stara Zagora regardless of the fact that Bulgaria is one of the
countries which recognized Kosovo independence.
Considering that whichever way the vote on Kosovo membership would have gone it
would have created an unwelcome rift in the BAMA athletics family the Chair
suspended the item from the agenda. The situation of Kosovo atheltes' participation
in BAMACS remained as it had been before ie in individual capacity.
8.3 Starting in 2019 lndoor Balkan Championships to be organized every other
year in the years when there is no EMACI scheduled (proposal by the TAF
The Chair noted that further on the agenda there are a bid from Serbia to host
BAMACI in Belgrade in 2018 and additionally a declaration of intent from Rep.
Moldova to host BAMACI in 2A19 in Chishinau. Besides, the 2019 WMACI are
already scheduled to take place in Torun - Poland which does create a similar type
It was finally agreed to stay for the time being with the Statutes provision in art.
21.3.2 in that BAMACI may be organized in the spring depending on hosting
availability and the GA decision.
9. Bids to organize future championships
al 2018 Slovenia - Celje
The Slovenian delegates distributed a leaflet presenting Celje and the athletics
tradition of the citv. On behalf of the organizers a ladv athlete presented the
the proposed dates: 21-23 September - five days only after the end of the Malaga
WMACS. The Slovenian delegates pointed out that one week later would mean
shorter daylight and rather lower temperatures which may cause some discomfort.
The Celje bid was approved unanimously and Jurij Novak -the running president of
the SAZS - was greeted with applause as the new BAMA President starting the end
of the current championships. JN confirmed that the Celje BAMACS web-site is
intended to be started at the end of November.
a2 2019 Turkey
As agreed in 7.1 before, Turkey was approved as the host for the 2019 BAMACS.
The details of the host city remained to be announced in the future.
b1. 2018 SERBIA - Belgrade
On behalf of the Serbian federation DLM distributed to the delegates brochures and
leaflets illustrating some highlights of Serbia and Belgrade. The newly built venue
intended for BAMACI was inaugurated in 2016 and was used as a warm up facility
for the elite athletes taking part in the 2017 European Championships. The dates in
the proposal were 10-11 March. The bid was unanimously approved by the GA.
a. Free talk to identify solutions to start and maintain the BAMA web-site
The conclusion on this item was that there was need to find an lT specialist to
provide the list of related activities and costs and then seek a solution to cover those
costs and start the site. All were invited to find the key to this initial step.
b. Discussion for the Rules of Championships in the future to provide that
"Each participant may compete in as many disciplines as one rm.shes. Besides
it will be conformed with EMA and WMA r.tles", (initiative from GMA -
There were arguments in favour (DM stated that it would be beneficial for combined
events athletes to have an opportunity to assess themselves when attending
BAMACS) and against (MS stated that besides safety concerns, scheduling the
events would become a nearly impossible task for the organizers within the
BAMACS three days timeframe). Finally it was left for the Rules of Competition
when drafted and approved to settle this matter.
c. Preliminary steps to host BAMACI in Rep Moldova (initiative by the Rep
Moldova Athletics Federation - Olga Cogilniceanu)
After recalling the Moldova masters’ long time commitment to Balkan athletics, OC
made a passionate plea in favour of hosting BAMACI in Chigindu in 2019. Cautious
however that the available hall may not be up to the highest expectations of the
visitors she invited a BAMA technical team to come, see and assess the
appropriateness of the bid. The invitation was approved and it was left to the BAMA
technical body to plan the trip to Chigindu and make its assessment
12. Closing of the General Assembly
The General Secretary particularly wanted to thank Zdravka Yordanova and Zoran
Milakovid for accepting the BAMA presidency during the previous two years, a
relatively difficult time in the history of the Balkan Association. ln recognition of their
contribution he offered them the miniature BAMA flag as a memento of these years.
This was received by the GA with a ripple of applause.
President Zdravka Yordanova closed the GA by extending her thanks to the
delegates for their contribution to the success of the meeting and welcomed Jurij
Novak as the coming BAMA President.
Secretary Vateriu Rosetnic
Dr Zlatan Hrelja