FIM Press Release – Dec. 3, 2018
Former FIM Deputy-President confirmed as successful candidate at FIM Annual General Assembly in Andorra, where three new FIM Board members and three new Internal Auditors are also announced.
Mr. Jorge Viegas is the newly elected FIM President, taking over the role vacated by Mr. Vito Ippolito after his successful candidature was confirmed in today’s FIM Annual General Assembly in Andorra la Vella.
Mr Viegas has already served a number of roles within the FIM over a long period, starting as a Member and President of the FIM Promotion Commission in 1992 before being appointed FIM Vice-President for various terms between 1996 and 2014. He has also served several terms as an FIM Board Member and is currently a Member of TAD in Portugal as well as being a Member of the Portuguese Olympic Committee.
“I am truly honoured to be elected to the position of FIM President,” said Mr Viegas. “It is a lifelong achievement for me to see my passion for motorcycling develop into a role that can allow me to make a positive impact on the sport. I have spent many years working for and with the FIM and I am looking forward to a bright future together.”
Born in Faro, Portugal, with a Master’s degree in Economics (International Relations), Mr Viegas’ affair with two-wheels began when he first raced motocross back in 1974, before switching to Circuit Racing with some success, even competing in several 250cc Grand Prix events as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After several years working as a journalist he founded and became President of the Portuguese Federation (FNM/FMP) in 1990, and was later appointed by the Portuguese government as President of the Estoril Circuit.
Further to the election of the new president, the delegates of the National Federations also voted on three new members of the FIM board and three new Internal Auditors. The successful candidates joining the FIM board are as follows: Jacques Bolle (FFM), Giovanni Copioli (FMI) and Jan Stovicek (ACCR). The successful Internal Auditor candidates are: Angelos Bavellas (CYMF), Francesco Brandi (FMI) and David Francis (ACU).
Other items on the agenda for today’s FIM General Assembly included approval of the Minutes of the 2017 General Assembly, Report of the President, approval of the 2017 Financial Statements, reports from the Administration and the CONU Presidents, approval of the 2019 Budget, new calendar fees and licence fees proposals, amendments to the FIM Statutes & By-Laws, approval of amendments to the FIM Sporting Code, approval of 2018 FIM Honorary Membership.