The President of the FIM Jorge Viegas, was presented with the medal of honour for Sports Merit by Government of Portugal.
The Secretary of State for Youth and Sports, João Paulo Rebelo presented the medal to Jorge Viegas, the first person from Portugal to reach the top of the World hierarchy of motorcycling at the championship gala of the Portuguese Federation of Motorcycling, which was held last Saturday night at the Estoril Casino.
This medal rewards individuals, plus national and foreign groups for the services rendered for national sport by the Government of Portugal. This is the first time this award has been given to a sports official.
Earlier in the evening, Jorge Viegas also received a Collar of Merit in tribute to his career from the Portuguese Federation of Motorcycling, the highest honour only previously awarded to Hélder Rodrigues and Paulo Gonçalves for their achievements as FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champions.
Jorge Viegas, FIM President said: « I could not feel more honoured both by the Federation that I have founded almost 30 years ago and by the Government of my country. I also think it is an important moment for the FIM because it is fundamental to increase our visibility and to get governments to recognise our work. »