An association is said to be a sports association when it usually organizes, even on an ancillary basis, the practice of one or more physical discipline(s) or exercise(s).

Sports associations are governed by Law No. 96/09 of 5 August 1996. They may be civil, military, school, university or disabled people’s associations. Their creation and operation are subject to the prior approval of the Minister of Sports.

Their creation and operation shall cease upon withdrawal of the approval of the ministry of sport.

Primary, secondary and higher education establishments, as well as specialized institutions for the disabled, may each have a sports association.

The sports association of higher education institutions shall organize and develop the practice of physical and sports activities in compliance with the laws and regulations relating to higher education.

The sports associations of nursery schools are created on the initiative of each school. School sports associations may form district, departmental or provincial committees among themselves and university sports associations may form sectors and/or development areas.

Civil sports associations may, as the case may be, form districts, leagues or provincial committees within administrative units. Federations shall bring them together on a national scale.

Sports associations shall freely adopt their statutes. These statutes shall be approved by the sports federations with which they are affiliated.

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