The Governing Council of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) has nominated Akbar Ebrahim (right in pic), a renowned driver coach and an accomplished race driver, as India’s deputy representative in the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA).
Vijay Mallya, the FMSCI chairman, endorsed the decision, and the FIA has been informed about it. Mallya is the Titular Delegate of India, and a member of the World Motor Sports Council of the FIA. Ebrahim is replacing Vicky Chandhok (left in pic) in the role, and he'll represent the FMSCI to assist Mallya in the FIA.
Speaking on the occasion, Ebrahim said: "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 sportspersons to step out and take on the world. We’ll make sincere efforts to align with global best practices and avail all possible assistance from international associates."
"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."
Ebrahim recently met FIA President Jean Todt at the FIA Asia Pacific Region Motor Sport Forum in Sri Lanka, where Todt had drawn everyone’s attention to FIA’s taskforce that is currently in operation in the Asia Pacific region.
"The idea behind this initiative is to interact, assist and coordinate between motor sports federations in this region,” said Ebrahim. “The Forum gave the confidence that there is a genuine consensus in the FIA to study and work with the ASN’s (National Sports Association) on common perspectives as well as individual requirements.
"Some of the key areas that the Forum discussed were driver development, training of officials such as Race Director, Clerk of Course, Stewards, Timekeepers, karting at grassroots level, singular Asia Pacific events, among others", concluded Ebrahim.