FMSCI retains Sporting Power in India

February 12th, 2009 - 9:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Feb 12 (IANS) The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) retains the Sporting Power granted to it by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) after the International Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the Motor Sports Association of India (MAI).
The three-member ICA panel, by dismissing the MAI appeal following a Feb 6 hearing in Paris, confirmed the FIA General Assembly ruling of Nov 7, 2008 when it had upheld the decision of the FIA Motor Sport Council to divest the MAI of the Sporting Power and transfer it to the FMSCI.

The Nazir Hoosein-led MAI, formed as a parallel body to the FMSCI in 2000, had held the Sporting Power after successfully applying for it then.

Subsequently, at FIA’s behest, the two factions had arrived at a compromise whereby the FMSCI was the controlling authority for two-wheeler events in India but requiring MAI licence and Vijay Mallya as the chairman of both the units.

However, the FIA, after failing to get a merger of the two factions, had transferred the Sporting Power back to FMSCI in the summer of 2008 while according it the status of National Sporting Authority (ASN).

But MAI successfully appealed the decision in a French court only to lose it again in November when the all-powerful FIA General Assembly passed the resolution.

MAI had exercised its right of appeal and approached the ICA that in turn dismissed the plea while confirming FMSCI as the ASN.

The ICA comprised Philippe Robert de Winghe (Belgium), Erich Sedelmayer (Austria), Dr Vassilis Koussis (Greece) and John J Cassidy (United States).

The MAI was represented by its President Nazir Hoosein, Georges Benelli (Legal representative) and Mrs. Annie Dutasta-Amieil (Legal Representative) while Solicitor General G.E. Vahanvati, Jai Munim (Legal Representative) and Chairman FMSCI Legal Commission Y.N. Bhardwaj appeared for FMSCI.

“I am pleased that the issue of FIA Sporting Power in India has been finally resolved and that there is no more scope for conflict between the two organizations. The FMSCI as the nationally recognized motorsports Federation and the holder of the FIA Sporting Power in India will now focus on the development and promotion of motor sport in our country,” Mallya said.

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