The FIM Board of Directors met in Mies, Switzerland on Thursday 8 February ahead of the Conference of FIM Commissions to be held at the weekend in Geneva.
meetsFrom left to right: Steve AESCHLIMANN (FIM CEO), Jorgen BITSCH (FIM Board Member), Jos DRIESSEN (FIM Board Member), Jacques BOLLE (FIM Board Member), Marilynn BASTEDO (FIM North America President), Jorge VIEGAS (FIM Board Member), Pedro VENTURO (FIM Latin America President), Vito IPPOLITO (FIM President), Marco COMANA (FIM Africa President), Wolfgang SRB (FIM Europe President), Glen WILLIAMS (FIM Oceania President), Andrzej WITKOWSKI (FIM Vice-President), Stephan CARAPIET (FIM Asia President)
The Governance Committee, which met the previous day, 7 February, highlighted the importance of monitoring and applying best practices in the field of sports governance.
In its report to the Board, the Risk Management Board Committee, which also met the day before the meeting, focused on sporting risks linked notably to the challenge of modernising the sport while remaining faithful to its key values, which include the highest standards for health, safety and the environment.
The Objectives for 2018 were presented and underlined the need to “execute well and develop smartly” in the FIM’s various core business areas.
The crosscutting objectives in terms of Sport for 2018 focus on the work of the Commissions, safety, sporting rules, processes and education.
In the context of an overall drive to deliver better and safer sport, efforts to harmonise the sporting rules across all the FIM disciplines and throughout the FIM Family (CONUs, FMNs) will continue in parallel with new developments in the delivery of education (the FIM Academy) to ensure high standards at all levels.
The Technical Commission will be further developing the racing homologation programme.
In terms of FIM Programmes, the main focuses are the FIM Academy, new communication platforms (public affairs and internal communication) and developing other projects that will benefit the FIM Family as a whole.
In line with the FIM Strategic Plan and their 2018 objectives, the FIM Public Affairs Commission will be focusing on road safety and advocacy on behalf of motorcyclists, while the Touring Commission will be liaising with and creating new opportunities for the street riding community and conducting research on the impact of motorcycle tourism.
The Sustainability Commission and the Women in Motorcycling Commission will continue to contribute to the FIM’s social responsibility objectives in line with their specific terms of reference.
The Board approved the updated Terms of Reference of the FIM Commissions ahead of the appointments of Commission Directors and Members for the upcoming four-year term beginning in 2019.
It was confirmed that the 2018 FIM Awards ceremony, to be held in Andorra la Vella, will take place on Sunday 2 December 2018 following the FIM General Assembly. It will build on the positive experience of 2017 in order to leverage as much as possible the presence of the Champions and the prestigious nature of the event.
Mrs Andreja Prel from Slovenia was appointed new member of the FIM Motocross Commission (CMS).
The next meeting of the FIM Board of Directors will be on 24 May 2018.