”Holders of a racing or steward licence from the Swedish Automobile Sports Federation should be able to compete in or be a steward for races organised by clubs that are not affiliated to the Federation. It is therefore necessary for the rules of the Swedish Automobile Sports Federation to be amended,” states the Swedish Competition Authority in a decision. be commenced immediately.
According to a decision made by the Swedish Competition Authority, the Swedish Automobile Sports Federation must amend their regulations so that there is no longer a total ban on those with licences from the Swedish Automobile Sports Federation taking part in, or being a steward at, races that are not organised or sanctioned by the Swedish Automobile Sports Federation.
Only one person may hold the title of Swedish Champion in each type of sport. And only one organisation can appoint the people or teams that are to represent Sweden in international sports competitions. Sport thus has a distinctive nature compared with other activities.
The specificity of sport may justify certain restrictions in the licence holders’ freedom to act, for example to enable competitions organised by the Federation's clubs to be run in a fair, well-ordered and safe way. However, in addition to this, it must be possible for races to be organised by associations or undertakings other than just those affiliated to the Swedish Sports Federation. The Swedish Competition Authority is of the opinion that the current rules are far too categorical.
“We wish to safeguard competition and open up the opportunity for licensed drivers and stewards to participate in races that have not been organised by the Swedish Automobile Sports Federation. Without reducing the distinctive nature of sport, more organisers should be able to compete and organise races,” says Dan Sjöblom, Director-General of the Swedish Competition Authority.
The current rules prevent licensed drivers and stewards from participating in races other that those organised by member clubs of the Swedish Automobile Sports Federation.
“There is unwillingness on the part of the sports movement to modernise current arrangements, which restricts or makes it difficult to take part in competitions arranged by other organisers. The current rules of the Swedish Automobile Sports Federation are not compatible with the competition rules,” says Dan Sjöblom.
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