Chapter 1General Provisions

Article 1 Name
This federation shall be called the International Sumo Federation (hereinafter called the "IFS").
Article 2 Office
The office of the IFS shall be located at 1-15-20 Hyakunincho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
Article 3 Definition
The use of "sumo" in these rules refers to Japanese Amateur Sumo.
The use of "Country" in these rules refers to countries and regions.
Article 4 Principles of Equality and Non- intervention
No form of discrimination based on race, creed, political opinion or any other reason may be made in the IFS.
The IFS shall not conduct political activities and shall not intervene in the internal affairs of an organization that is a member of IFS (hereinafter called a "member organization").However, more than one dispute between member organizations in coordination, etc. In the event that there is disagreement, IFS shall take decision on the final decision.
A member organization must not intervene in the internal affairs of other member organizations.
Article 5 Principle of Non-restrictive Participation
A member organization shall not refuse, without an appropriate reason, a person who wishes to participate in an organizational operation and/or sumo activities.
Article 6 Language
The official languages of the IFS are Japanese and English. However, Japanese shall be used for terminology regarding facilities, equipment and techniques.

Chapter 2Objectives and Activities

Article 7 Objectives
As an international organization for amateur sport of sumo, the IFS shall undertake its objectives to internationally propagate and promote the traditional Japanese sport of sumo, as well as working toward mutual friendship and good relations among the member organizations.
Article 8 Activities
The IFS shall engage in the following activities in order to achieve its objectives stipulated in the preceding Article:
  1. To promote the organization of sumo groups in various Countries
  2. To establish international competition rules and other rules regarding sumo
  3. To hold World Championships and other international tournaments of sumo
  4. To hold seminars and classes on sumo
  5. To arrange equipment and books etc. for sumo
  6. To promote the exchange of information between member organizations by publishing bulletins and others
  7. To carry out other activities which are necessary to achieve the objectives of the IFS.