Dr Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, the national motor sport authority, has been elected to the FIM Affiliation Board Committee which has a key role in international motorcycling.
His appointment has been announced by the FIM, the International Motorcycling Federation, which governs the six main motorcycle-racing disciplines encompassing 65 world championships.
The Affiliation Board Committee’s main role is to appoint and oversee the national motorcycle federations which run international motorcycling worldwide to the standards laid down by the FIM.
Sulayem, who took charge of the ATCUAE in 2006, played an important role last year in
persuading the FIM to welcome the Palestinian Motor Sport and Motorcycle Federation into its membership.
He also had an influential part last year in the overhaul of the Arab Motorcycle Federation in moves to raise the standard, and safety level, of regional bike racing.
One of the first decisions of the revamped AMF was to restrict membership to motor cycle bodies officially recognised by the FIM in order to secure a better future for the sport in the region.
Sulayem’s official links with international motorcycle sport go back to 1995 when he secured a place for the UAE in the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship through the UAE Desert Challenge, which he had launched four years earlier.
Now known as the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, the event annually attracts the world’s top riders to the UAE, and the 23rd edition taking place from 4-11 April again promises to be one of the highlights of the FIM series.
The FIM is the motorcycling equivalent of the FIA, motor sport’s world governing body, of which Sulayem is the Vice President for Sport.