KRAKOW/DOHA: Newly-elected FIM Europe President Wolfgang Srb has stressed the need to assist motor sport federations that are facing financial problems.
Srb beat German rival Wolfgang Glas in the race for president at the 20th FIM Europe Congress held at the Sheraton Hotel in Crakow where QMMF President Nasser bin Khalifa Al Attiyah was one of the first top-ranking officials to congratulate the Austrian.
In his first comments after being elected as FIM Europe President, Srb said in a statement: “There is an urgent need for a bigger financial support from FIM for European projects. There are plenty of ideas in Europe and we simply want a fair share of the subventions, taking into account that we are the biggest and most active CONU.”
Srb added: “We need to give more help to developing Federations, who have financial problems. The financial crisis, that has hit the world as of 2008, is still not over.”
Wolfgang Srb was elected president by bagging 63 votes against 12 by Glas in Polish town of Crakow where Al Attiyah was also present. Al Attiyah, who is also a Vice President at FIM, the world governing body in bike racing, said Europe and Asia are keen to work together to promote the sport across continents.
“I had a series of meetings with top FIM officials including Mr Wolfgang Srb. We look forward to more meetings to discuss areas where we can work together in future,” Al Attiyah said.
“Asia is the second largest FIM body after Europe. More than 40 countries make up the European FIM. There are 25 member countries in FIM Asia. We know there are so many areas we can work together to take bike racing forward,” Al Attiyah added.
“We supported Mr Wolfgang Srb as he is our friend and well-wisher. We know he is a motor sport fan and has been involved with the sport for many years now. We can’t forget how he helped us with our motocross set-up at Losail International Circuit,” Al Attiyah said two days ago.
During the Congress there was the election of 8 vice-presidents: Nina Birjukova, LaMSF-Latvia, Jean-Marc Desnues, FFM-France, Martin De Graaff, KNMV, The Netherlands, Juhani Halme, SML, Finland, Silvio Manicardi, FMI, Italy, Michal Sikora,PZM, Poland, Jan Stovicek ACCR, Czech Republic, Michel Turk, MUL, Luxembourg.
Srb said his main target is to strengthen the position of FIM Europe within the FIM family.
“FIM Europe is not only the biggest Continental Union in terms of affiliated Federations, but also in terms of the biggest number of riders, licences, organisers and events,” Srb said.
Among his goal, the development and growth of the sport in all disciplines in close cooperation with FIM, Federations and promoters, especially for young riders.
“A very good example is the European Motocross Championship, which is organised together with the Motocross World Championship at the same venue and on the same weekend,” Srb said in a statement released by FIM.
“We need more training camps for riders as well as national coaches and trainers. We need to find a solution for the European Road Racing Championship. Another important field of activity is the motorcycle tourism,”he said.
“We must become more attractive for all these riders. FIM Europe needs to be more active and stronger, but at the same time the management has to work efficient and cost effective. We have to listen to the needs of our affiliated Federations and have to help and support them as much as we can.” AGENCIES