Bengaluru, January 22: It is celebration time for Namma Bengaluru as two-wheeler racing commission chairman Sujith Kumar BS, became the first Indian to be re-elected to the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) -- the global governing body of motorcycle racing -- Asia Board as an Asia Vice-President for another four years till 2026 at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held online on Friday (January 21).
As per a Media Release received, Sujith is elected as one of the four Vice-Presidents of FIM Asia with highest majority while Stephan Macky Carapiet of the Philippines was re-elected as FIM Asia President.
"At FIM Asia, we could not complete many things that we started due to coronavirus (COVID-19). We want to finish those and together as a board, we want to expand motorcycle racing in Asia to realise the incredible potential of the riders and teams," said Sujith.
Sujith represented the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), for India, which is one of the 29 country delegates, who attended the AGM.
The other Vice- Presidents are Stan Yosuhiro (Guam), Isa Al Awadhi (Bahrain) and Gong (China).
Sujith polled the highest number of votes, while the rest of the office-bearers were elected unanimously. .
The multiple-time Indian National Rally (INR) champion navigator was a national sporting hero before joining the FMSCI as chairman of the two-wheeler commission, where he looked after rider training, safety standards and increasing competitor numbers.
His presence in FIM Asia helped pave the way for more Indian riders and manufacturers to make an impact at international level.
Behind the scenes, his experience and close relationships with sponsors has been instrumental in strengthening the long-term future of the sport.
"The challenges faced with the COVID-19 pandemic were far from anything we imagined when I first joined the FIM Asia board four years ago," commented Sujith.
"I'm especially proud and privileged to have been involved with the people who've literally kept the wheels of our sport in India turning throughout this period," he addedd.
"Outside India, many regional championships have been on hold but we 're working with medical specialists, promoters and the FIM headquarters in Switzerland, and have established protocols to enable safe competition. So the 2022 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship will begin in March after a two-year hiatus," the champion biker of yesteryears added.
The FIM, the global governing body for motorcycling, is based out of Mies, Switzerland.