It has been announced that Akbar Ebrahim will be the new deputy representative to the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile, the FIA, from India. He will be replacing Vicky Chandhok as the deputy representative to the FIA. Ebrahim was nominated to fill this post by the Governing Council of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI).
Ebrahim said of his new appointment: “While my predecessor worked hard to get F1 to India, my priority now would be to get more Indians into F1 and its likes. We are going to work hard to create opportunities for our sports persons to step out and take on the world.”
There is a move towards cooperation in the Asia Pacific region in order to increase the popularity of motor sports. The motor sports federations located in the Asia Pacific region will all benefit from increased assistance and coordination with each other.
Jean Todt, the FIA president, and Ebrahim recently met in Sri Lanka at the FIA Asia Pacific Region Motor Sport Forum. Todt had commented on the current cooperation in the region.
Ebrahim further commented: “India has all that is required for our kids and our sport to unleash, and what we need to do now is to package and present our case to the world. To start the campaign, we need to lead the charge in the Asian Region.”
Amongst other things, some of the items that were discussed by the taskforce that has been set up include driver development, and training officials for F1 tasks. Officials would need training as Time keepers, Race Directors, Stewards, and Clerks of the Course. Other items that were discussed included unified Asia Pacific events, and karting at grassroots level.
The FMSCI is expected to host at least a part of a training program for the FIA Asia Pacific region. The advancement of F1 for India is an exciting development for the sport.