The Board of Directors met at the Hotel de la Source, close to the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) on 2 and 3 June, ahead of the 24H SPA EWC Motos to be held during the weekend.
From left: Peter DOYLE (FIM Oceania President); Martin DE GRAAFF (FIM Europe President); Stephan CARAPIET (FIM Asia President); Robert DINGMAN (FIM North America President); Ignacio VERNEDA (Deputy President); Jorge VIEGAS (FIM President); Françoise EMERY (FIM CEO); Marco COMANA (FIM Africa President); Jacques BOLLE (Vice-President); Håkan LEEMAN (Board Member); Pedro VENTURO Jr (FIM Latin America President); Giovanni COPIOLI (Board Member); Jan STOVICEK (Board Member); and Abdulrahmann AL MANNAI (Board Member) via Zoom © GoodShoot
On this occasion, the Board addressed many topics, in particular the following:
Situation in Ukraine: The Board of Directors expressed its sympathy and solidarity with all those suffering, as a result of the Russian invasion in Ukraine. After having carefully considered the situation, the specificity of motorcycle sport and having given the opportunity to the Motorcycle Federation of Russia (MFR), the Belarusian Federation of Motorcycle Sport (BFMS) and the Federation Motorcycling of Ukraine (FMU) to be heard, the Board confirmed that its decisions taken during its extraordinary meeting on 5 March 2022 will remain in force until further notice. The decisions are:
To suspend, for the Motorcycle Federation of Russia (MFR) and the Belarusian Federation of Motorcycle Sport (BFMS), the issuance of FIM licences and the FIM licences already distributed. To suspend the functions of persons from MFR and BFMS acting as FIM Officials and as Commissions members/experts/agents of the FIM. As a result, no Russian and Belarusian riders, teams and officials can take part in any FIM Events and activities.
• To suspend the registration of and to cancel all FIM Events such as FIM International Meetings, FIM World Championships and FIM Prize Events taking place in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine and, if applicable, to relocate these FIM Events to another country.
• To interrupt any other FIM activities including but not limited to seminars, commissions meetings, training camps taking place in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.
• The Board of Directors unanimously recommends to all Affiliated Members and Continental Unions to apply these measures at the national and continental levels.
Sport: All disciplines were discussed with a focus on the promotion of the FIM EBKGP World Cup/Championship, an electric pedelec discipline. The promotion of the FIM Flat Track World Championship/Cup was also presented. In addition, the definition of the participation of CONU teams in a FIM event as well as that of the vehicles under the aegis of the FIM were also addressed. The Board decided to award the 2023 edition of the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) to the CAMOD (Argentina) and the 2024 ISDE to RFME (Spain).
120th anniversary of the FIM: The FIM will celebrate its 120th anniversary in 2024. The Board agreed on several initiatives for this special occasion such as the launch of the Intercontinental Games, a biennial sporting competition with continental teams only, the creation of a new FIM logo, the editing of a FIM book tracing the history of the Federation over the last two decades as a continuation of the book edited for the centenary of the FIM, as well as the inauguration of the new FIM HQ and the creation of the Motorcycle Sport Museum, including a Hall of Fame.
Finance: The Board approved the 2021 audited financial statements that will be submitted to the General Assembly on 2 December 2022 in Rimini (Italy). In addition, the 2022 forecast was presented to the Board.
Sustainability: In the framework of the 2022 FIM Sustainability Week, a proposal to establish a sustainability accreditation programme for circuits was presented to the Board for consideration. The aim of this programme is to help the FIM circuits to assess and improve their environmental and sustainability performance.
Marketing and Digital: Topics such as the creation of a dedicated website for the FIM Long Track World Championship, an update on the 2022 edition of the FIM ISDE, the launch of the 2nd edition of the “FIM Rides the World” video series, social media initiatives as well as the FIM Brand Identity tender were presented to the Board.
Liaison with National Federations/Continental Unions: The Board decided to submit the affiliation of Senegal (FSAM) for approval to the 2022 General Assembly. An update on the National Federations/Continental Unions liaison initiatives and activities was presented. They mainly related to communication, education, mentoring programmes and sharing of best practices amongst FMNs and CONUs.
Amendments to the Codes: The Board approved amendments to the Sporting Code that will be submitted to the 2022 General Assembly for consideration. Several amendments to the Medical Code as well as to the Anti-Doping Codes were also approved by the Board.
International Foundation for Motorcycling (IFM): The Foundation Board will meet on 4 June and will address the following main topics: approval of the 2021 audited financial statements, the 2022 activities and donations as well as the fundraising initiatives.
Commissions: It was reminded to the Board that all Commission Directors’ and Members’ terms of office will expire at the end of this year. The online application system is now open until 30 September. Commission Directors and Members (with the exception of the LJI Director and Members) will be appointed for 2023-2026 by the Board during its meeting to be held on 3 December. The following changes were made to the composition of the FIM Commissions:
• CPM – Member, Mr Craig CAREY-CLINCH (ACU)
The Board further ratified the withdrawal of Mrs Susanne NEUHAUSER (AMF) from the CFM and as CCP referee.
In addition, the CONU Presidents, the Board Committees, the Working Groups and the Departments of the Administration presented their progress reports.
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