posted on 12/08/2012: 504 views
President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) Mohammed Ben Sulayem has said the restructuring of the Arab Motorcycle Federation (AMF) by the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees (UANOC) can take bike racing in the region to a new level.
Sulayem said regional motor racing can now look forward to a bright future with a calendar of events run to standards laid down by the FIM, the sport's world governing body.
That will be one of the goals of a new-look AMF following the dismissal of its executive committee by Saudi Arabia's Prince Nawaf bin Faisal bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, president of UANOC.
Qatar's Nasser Khalifa Al Attiyah, vice president of the FIM, and Mahir Badri, CEO of the ATCUAE, are among the newly-appointed 10-man provisional committee which met for the first time in Riyadh on Sunday to plan the way forward.
Among its initial recommendations was that membership of the AMF, which is to be funded by UANOC and headquartered in Riyadh, will be restricted to motor cycle bodies recognised by the FIM.
This will be high on the agenda at the next meeting, to be scheduled in due course, when a new AMF statute will be unveiled and a new executive committee elected.
"The sport can only move forward if events are run in compliance with FIM regulations which guarantee the highest standard of competitive racing and ensure the safety of competitors, spectators, and all others involved,” Sulayem said.
Engineer Mishaal Bin Fahd Al Sudairi, vice president of the Asian Motorcycle Union, said the move initiated by Prince Nawaf were in response to "many irregularities and abuses” by the former executive committee.
The new committee includes Omar Zaarour, executive director of the Royal Motorcycle Club of Jordan, Reda Boukhari, president of the Moroccan Motorcycling Federation, and Shehab Baloul, president of the Algerian Motorcycling Federation.
Other members are Othman Mohammed Al Saad, UANOC general secretary, Saad Bin Saleh Al Sufiani, UANOC general secretary, technical affairs, and Sultan Al Mokheiri, of Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation. – Sport 360°
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