RULES & REGULATIONS

Rules & Regulations of the 30th European Kendo Championships 2020

1PROMOTER
PROMOTER: European Kendo Federation (EKF)
HOST ORGANIZATION: Norwegian Martial Arts Federation / Norges Kendo Komitee
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: All Japan Kendo Federation (ZNKR)
2PLACE & DATE:
Kristiansand, NORWAY
Aquarama - Tangen 8, 4608 Kristiansand,
Norway

From Friday 17th April to Sunday 19th April 2020.
3EVENTS & SCHEDULE:
Friday 17th April 2020
Junior Team Championship
Senior Female Team Championship

Saturday 18th April 2020
Junior Individual Championship
Senior Male Team Championship

Sunday 19th April 2020
Senior Female Individual Championship
Senior Male Individual Championship
4GENERAL REFEREEING RULES
The regulation of the matches will be made according to "The Regulations of Kendo Shiai and Shinpan (September 2nd, 2017 - "The Regulations" and its subsequent amendments)", published by International Kendo Federation (F.I.K.), except for the points specified hereafter.
5CONTENT OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP
The content of the EKF Championships is as follows:

Senior Male Team Championship
with teams composed of maximum 5 (five) men out of 7 (seven) inscriptions;

Senior Female Team Championship
with teams composed of maximum 5 (five) women out of 7 (seven) inscriptions;

Junior Team Championship
with teams composed of maximum 3 (three) persons out of 5 (five) inscriptions.

Senior Male Individual Championship
for maximum 4 (four) men older than 18 years (at the time of the actual championship);

Senior Female Individual Championship
for maximum 4 (four) women older than 18 years (at the time of the actual championship);

Junior Individual Championship
for maximum 4 (four) persons.

For the two junior categories, the participants should be minimum 15 years old but younger than 18 years (at the time of the actual championship). That means, the Birthdates of junior participants shall be not after 17th/18th April 2005 and not before 17th/18th April 2002. No exceptions will be granted.

After every championship the first placed will be awarded an official "European Champion" title an there will be one second place and two ex-æquo third places. Also, for every championship, minimum one „Fighting Spirit" trophy will be awarded.
6SPECIFIC RULES FOR EACH CATEGORY
Team Championships.

Senior Male Team Championship
Every country is represented by a team of five, or by a minimum of three male fighters, chosen freely before every fight out of the maximum of seven official inscriptions arrived in due time. Every competitor should have at least the age of 18 at the time of the actual championship day.

Senior Female Team Championship
Every country is represented by a team of five, or by a minimum of three female fighters, chosen freely before every fight out of the maximum of seven official inscriptions arrived in due time. Every competitor should have at least the age of 18 at the time of the actual championship day.

Junior Team Championship
Every country is represented by a team of maximum three, or, in default of, of minimum two fighters, chosen freely before every fight out of the maximum of five official inscriptions arrived in due time. For the age, the rules of Section 5 are applicable.

Participation
Senior men can only participate at the Senior Male Team Championship, senior women only at the Senior Female Team Championship. Both men & female are allowed in the junior category.
For the Senior Male Team Championship and the Senior Female Team Championship: In case of a 4 Competitor team, the 2nd position remains free. In case of a 3 Competitor team, the 2nd and the 4th position remain free. For the Junior Team Championship: In case of a 2 Competitor team, the 2nd position remains free.
7COMMON RULES FOR THE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Preliminary contests (Pool system)

All teams that entered their official inscriptions in due time will be divided by drawing into as many pools of 3 as possible. However, the 4 teams that got the medals at the previous Team Cham- pionships will be seeded into different pools and removed to the far end of the grid.

The order of matches will be announced and pools can be combined, respecting the principle of separation as mentioned in the foregoing para.

If the inscriptions make it necessary, pools of two (2) or four (4) will be included.

The first two out of every pool will be entered on the tournament grid. The 1st placed of one pool will compete with the 2nd placed of another pool.
8SPECIFIC POOL SYSTEMS
Specific pool system rules

For the first round the names and the order of combats shall be handed in at the managers’ meeting, all others at the administration table of the shiai-jo immediately after the end of the previous fight of the respective team.

The combats are played by "sanbon-shobu" and the duration is 4 minutes for all categories. Equality (hikiwake) will be declared in case no points are scored or if the score is one to one.

If two teams remain even at the end of the pool, a supplementary fight between two of the team members will decide on the victory. This fight will be held according to the "ippon-shobu"-princi- ple, without time limit.
9TEAM CLASSIFICATION
Team Classification

Determination of the winning team in both pool and tournament matches will be made in the fol- lowing order of precedence:

1. Highest number of individual winners; but, if it is a tie, then
2. Highest number of points scored.
3. Should 1. and 2. still be a tie, a draw will be declared in the pool matches (see next paragraph) and a play-off will be conducted in the tournament matches.
4. A default is regarded as a loss: the opponent is given 2 points.


Determination of the ranking of teams in the pool matches will be made in the following order of precedence:

1. Higher number of team matches won; but, if it is a tie, then
2. Lower number of team matches lost; but, if it is a tie, then
3. Higher number of draws in team matches (see above), if it is still a tie, then
4. Higher number of individual winners; if it is still be a tie, then
5. Lower number of individual losses; but, if it is a tie, then
6. Higher number of individual draws (hikiwake), if it is still a tie, then
7. Higher number of points scored, if it is still a tie, then
8. Lower number of points lost.


If the situation is still a tie between two teams, either to determine the order between first and second or second and third team in the pool, a play-off (ippon-shobu) between representatives of the two teams will determine the ranking.

Should the situation be a tie between all three teams in the pool, the ranking of teams shall be determined by a pool played by a representative of each team in play-off (ippon-shobu) 3 Minutes, like in the individual tournament.
10TOURNAMENT
The tournament is using the knockout system. The refereeing rules and the principles for discerning the winners are the same as those defined for the pools. The duration of fights is 4 minutes for juniors and 5 minutes for seniors.
11INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Senior Male Individual Championship

Every country may list a maximum of 4 (four) competitors, following the rules set out earlier. The minimal age is 18 years at the time of the actual championship day.

Senior Male Individual Championship

Every country may list a maximum of 4 (four) competitors, following the rules set out earlier. The minimal age is 18 years at the time of the actual championship day.

Senior Female Individual Championship

Every country may list a maximum of 4 (four) competitors, following the rules set out earlier. The minimal age is 18 years at the time of the actual championship day.

Junior Individual Championship

Every country may list a maximum of 4 (four) competitors, following the rules set out earlier. The same conditions as for the team competition will apply for sex and age (see also Sections 5 & 6.1.4).
12COMMON RULES FOR THE INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Preliminary contests (Pool system)

Every pool is in principle composed of three fighters, who fight in the following order:

1><2, 1><3, 2><3.

In the case of pools composed of four, each one will fight 3 (three) times as follows: 1><2, 3><2, 3><4, 1><4, 1><3, 2><4.

It is possible that in this same order pools will be combined. A different system, respecting the pool system principle, with separation of the best results of the previous championships and a minimum of two fights, might be adopted if necessary.

The division into different pools will be handled by drawing, on condition that fighters of the same nation will be kept out of the same pool.

The combat time is 4 minutes, following the “sanbon shobu” rule. If appropriate an even match (hikiwake) may be the result.

The fighters out of the same pool will be ranked as follows. The criteria will be applied in that order and the subsequent criteria will be only applied if a clear decision is not reached:

1. The higher number of fights won; if it is still a tie, then
2. The lower number of fights lost; if it is still a tie, then
3. The higher number of hikiwake; if it is still a tie, then
4. The higher number of points scored; if it is still a tie, then
5. The lower number of points lost.


In case of equality between two fighters, one supplementary fight will take place immediately after the normal pool fights, to establish the final order among the fighters. These fights will follow the rule of "ippon shobu", without time limit. In pool of four players, supplementary fights will not take place to determine positions three and four, if first and second positions are clear.

In case of equality between all 3 or 4 fighters at the end of the pool, they will fight again the pool of 3 or 4 fighters following the "ippon shobu" principle. If even after two such rounds the order among the fighters is not clarified, the result shall be determined by lot (chusen).
13TOURNAMENT
Tournament

After the pool system, the firstthe out of every the pool of threethe and the first and second out of pool of four fighter will be put on the tournament grid. The fights will follow the knock out system.

The combat time is 5 minutes for seniors and 4 minutes for juniors, following the "sanbon shobu" rule, with the possibility of one prolongation (encho). For seniors, there is no time limit on the “encho”.

For juniors, “encho” is a maximum of 6 (six) minutes. Thereafter the decisions will be taken by shinpan-decisions (hantei), except for semi-final and finals, where encho without time limit will apply.
14SPECIFICATIONS OF THE SHINAI
The shinai will have the format explained in the following table out of "The Regulations of Kendo Shiai and Shinpan (Revised September 2nd, 2017)", published by F.I.K. (see page 22) as amended 2018:
15RULES CONCERNING THE QUALIFICATIONS OF THE COMPETITORS AND THE CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION, INCOMPATIBLITY & MISCELLANEOUS.
Every competitor must be a member of an organization adhering to the EKF, and the inscrip- tions must be handed in by that organization.

Every competitor must have the nationality of the country he represents (a passport serves as proof).

Exceptions from nationality requirement can be allowed by the EKF President. Appli- cations for such exceptions shall be filed not later than Pre-Entry (see 17.) with the EKF Secretary-General using the form (NER) as published on the EKF - Website. Applications will be handled and decided before the Final Entry period is expired.

Competitors must be chosen among the names that figure on the official inscription lists in every category that were handed in in due time. Each competitor shall wear during the com- petition a “zekken” (name-tag) on the centre piece of “o-dare” (hip-protector) showing his country (top), flag (centre) and family name (bottom), whereby country and person’s name shall be written in capital Latin letters, using the English name of the country. For details see the Annex hereto.

Furthermore, each competitor shall wear during the competition the EKF official number tags as distributed. The number tags will be distributed before the championships and the numbers assigned to each competitor for each championship. Failure to return the number tags in complete pairs immediately after the closing of the championships will make the respective country liable for payment of EUR 50 / pair of numbers.

Every other official may participate as a competitor keeping in mind the limited number in every category.

Any competitor may participate in both the Team and the Individual Championships pro- vided that maximum number of persons provided for in Section 5 are not exceeded.

Every team shall bring their own set (5 minimum) of each red and white ribbons (taski/mejirushi) to be used in all tournaments for the labelling of competitors.
16REFEREES
Appointment of Referees of the European Championships is entrusted to the EKF, assisted by the ZNKR; they are chosen among those who are proposed by the EKF Member Countries for the EKF/FIK Referee Seminar. Referees are appointed after the EKF/FIK Referee Seminar and before the beginning of the Final Entry period.

Referees may not participate as competitors.

The function of Referee is also incompatible with that of Coach or Manager.

The cost of the referees (lodging in single rooms, meals, bus transport, sayonara party) is taken in charge by the organizing country for four nights, starting from Thursday evening before the EKC to Monday morning after the EKC.

Each referee will bring his own set of flags.

All referees will wear the same uniform: a plain white shirt, a plain deep red necktie, plain light grey trousers, a plain dark blue pair of socks and a plain dark blue jacket.
17MANAGER
The manager of each team is responsible for the attitude of every competitor (the correct way of wearing their bôgu, the length of the “men-himo” (max 40 cm), good condition of bôgu parts and equipment, etc.), and everything that may improve the harmonious flow of events during the cham- pionships. He or she will maintain a general attitude that corresponds with the Budo spirit and reigi.
18DRAWING
The drawing for all categories will be conducted under the authority of the EKF prior to the event.
19COMPLAINTS
All complaints concerning the Championships are to be handed in to the EKF Technical Director by the Manager or the Team Leader according to the Regulations mentioned before, all other people will be refused. Any complaint needs to be filed immediately but by in any case not later than by the end of the possibly affected competition;
20INSURANCE AND LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE
Every delegation shall ensure that all its officials, all members and all participants are insured against any possible mishaps (sickness, injury, loss or theft, liability for damage....) during travel and stay. Delegations are also responsible for proper conduct of their members in the context of the event, and liable to compensate all damage which has been affected by their members to or in the EKC premises, hotels and means of transport.

Host organization shall take an insurance against any civil liability. In case of an accident or inci- dent (in particular, but without limitation to, injury, theft, traffic accident etc.) which might lead to a claim against any third party and/or requires a written attestation by the Host Organization or by the EKF, the accident or incident has to be notified to the Host Organization and the EKF before the departure of the delegation, unless this is impossible due to the circumstances of the accident or incident.
21APPLICATION OF ARTICLE 30 OF REGULATIONS OF KENDO SHIAI AND SHINPAN - (Injury or Accident)
Delegations must ensure that all their members (coaches, managers and competitors) are duly aware of the provisions of Article 30 of the FIK Regulation of Kendo Shiai and Shinpan, covering Injury and Accident during shiai.

When applying the provisions of Article 30, it is the duty of the referees to determine imme- diately, through a gogi, the responsibility of the opponent for the accident, keeping in mind that intent is not a necessary criterion.
22DOPING PREVENTION
A competitor who is judged by decision of the referees to be under the influence of prohibited drugs or alcohol shall be disqualified, be ordered to retire from the match and shall lose the match (Art 15, 18 of the Regulations).

Additionally, the FIK Anti-Doping Rules (approved August 27th, 2009, Sao Paulo and amended May 28th, 2016 in Tokyo) and the EKF Anti-Doping Rules (adopted April 8th, 2010, Debrecen, the later shall prevail in case of conflict – together "The AD-Rules") including the respective updated and most recent WADA Prohibition List shall be applicable. In case of disqualification following any anti-doping violation, the shift of ranks method determined by FIK during the past WKC shall be applied.

Doping tests may be conducted according to the National Anti-Doping Rules of the Host Country. Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) files must be submitted by End of Pre-Entry period (see 17.) to the EKF Vice-President
23DATA
By registering, all participants and officers agree that their names, gender, tournament category, results and pictures as filed or taken during the event may be stored, processed and published on the internet or in print media and that there may be videos taken during the event, stored and live streamed in connection with the event. All personal data will be handled according to EKF Privacy Statement published on EKF website.
24DEADLINES FOR PRE-ENTRY AND FINAL ENTRY
Pre-Entry period 15.November - 1.December 2019
Final Entry period 19.January - 16.Februar 2020
Deadline for payments: 1.March 2020


Pre-Entry and Final Entry by the respective National Federations at EKF-EU

In case of ‘superior force’, names of competitors may be altered until the date of the drawing for the event, after permission has been granted by the E.K.F. President.

Exam Registration until 14 days prior to the exam at EKF-EU

Hotel reservations:

Each delegation should make reservations directly to the hotel according to instructions given at the event website.

Portrait photo files of all official participants (Delegation Leader, Manager, Team Manager, Coach, Competitor and Referee) should be uploaded in the EKF online system (Person / “Picture Icon”) by Final Entry Date.
Minimum size: 0.3 MB; Maximum size: 1.0 MB, Ratio: 4,5 - 3,5 [Standard for EU-passport-photos]; Orientation: portrait; Resolution: printable [300 dpi - 600 dpi]; One face per picture [No "group photos"]; The face should cover 2/3 of the picture.
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