FIM ASIA successfully held their 2012 General Assembly at the M Hotel in Singapore on January 16, 2012. The 2012 General Assembly was well attended with 19 FMNs officially represented. Present at the meeting were the representatives from the national motorcycle federations of Bahrain, China, Chinese-Taipei, Guam, Hongkong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.
FIM Vice President Robert Rasor and FIM Executive Director for Operations Steve Aeschlimann graced the meeting and provided their invaluable insights during the meetings and seminars.
Proposals for sporting and non-sporting issues including a motion to revise an article in the existing FIM Asia Statutes and align it with the FIM Statutes were presented and approved by the General Assembly. Presentations were also conducted by FIM Asia’s Working Panels on Environmental Concerns, Women’s Affairs, the author of the proposal for the new sporting working panel, the Promoter of FIM Asia’s premiere continental championship event and the FMSCT which depicted the extent of the damage brought by the floods in Thailand in the last quarter of 2011 to FMSCT’s motorcycle sports facilities.
The 2012 General Assembly nonetheless turned extraordinary with FIM Asia’s initiative to interject CCR and CMS Seminars and the first-ever FIM Asia Riders of the Year Gala Awards Ceremony into the festivities of the meeting.
The FIM Seminars were special since they were conducted by no less than the FIM CCR and CMS Commissions Directors Rezso Bulcsu and Wolfgang Srb. Both seminars drew a record number of participants that once again reinforced the growing interest in motorcycle sports in Asia.
FIM Asia found a most opportune time to honor the champions in the different continental championship events in 2011 in the FIM ASIA RIDERS OF THE YEARS GALA DINNER CEREMONY held on the evening of the General Assembly. The ceremony marked the first-ever simultaneous feting of the champions in different motorcycle sports disciplines in FIM Asia history.
The event effectively reset the bar for FMNs hosting future general assemblies and likewise served as a medium for recognizing the individuals and institutions who contributed significantly to FIM Asia’s accomplishments and acknowledge new members.
photo 1: FIM Asia likewise recognized several individuals and institutions who contributed greatly to FIM Asia’s initiatives and accomplishments. (From L to R) Mishaal Alsudairy (Saudi Arabia) FIM Asia Vice President, H.H. Tunku Mudzaffar Tunku Mustapha (Malaysia)–past FIM Asia (formerly UAM) President, Shrikant Karani (India)-FIM Asia Vice President, Stephan Carapiet (Philippines)-FIM Asia President, Thongchai Wongsawan (Thailand)-past FIM Asia (formerly UAM) President, Akira Takano (Japan)- President of the Motorcycle Federation of Japan- who received the plate of recognition on behalf of FIM Asia Honorary Adviser Masatoshi Suzuki of the MFJ, Yan Jianchang (China)-FIM Asia Vice President, Nasser Khalifa Al Atya (Qatar) FIM Vice President and who was likewise recognized for his support and guidance as FIM Asia’s Honorary Adviser.
photo 2: The delegates of the 2012 FIM Asia General Assembly in Singapore pose for a “class photo” at the end of meeting.
photo 3:Confetti rains down on the 2011 FIM Asia Riders of the Year and the FIM and FIM Asia officials who graced the event.