2021 FIA Annual General Assembly

The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) today elected a new President at its Annual General Assembly in Paris, France, with Mohammed Ben Sulayem winning a four-year term, alongside Deputy President for Sport Robert Reid, Deputy President for Automobile Mobility and Tourism Tim Shearman and Senate President Carmelo Sanz de Barros.

President Ben Sulayem takes over from outgoing FIA President Jean Todt whose third term came to an end today.

In light of the ongoing health crisis, this year’s AGA was held as a hybrid physical/online meeting, for the second year in a row with physical and remote voting used in determining the outcome of the Presidential election.

Addressing the Assembly, outgoing FIA President Jean Todt said: “Thank you to Deputy President for Sport Graham Stoker, Deputy President for Mobility Thierry Willemarck, President of the Senate Brian Gibbons, the members of the World Councils, the Senate, all of our commissions, Secretary General for Automobile Mobility and Tourism ad interim Onika Miller, Secretary General for Sport Peter Bayer, each department and all our volunteers, without whom nothing would be possible. I have great respect for what they do.
“Thank you to our promoters, all the mobility and sport stakeholders and to you, the Members of the FIA. You are the strength of the FIA and the pride of the FIA. Over the years I had the privilege to get to know you all individually and to visit you in your countries and we have created friendship and that will stay. That is the biggest emotion I have leaving the FIA. I have a strong wish and recommendation for whoever is elected – protect them, they are worth it. I wish you good luck. I was happy to be your President.”

Newly elected FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem said: “Thank you very much for the trust and support you have given me. The FIA has given me a lot. It made my life and took me to where I am now and it’s time to give something back. I would like to thank my team and my family that has been with me all the time. I would like to also thank Graham Stoker for the challenge we had, and for some sleepless nights, and in the end we will both work for the FIA and we will lean on the experience of the past team. Thank you for the trust you have given me and I can assure you that what is in our manifesto will last.”

Presidential List
Today’s election results in the appointment of the following Presidential List:

TitleNameNationalityProposed by
President of the FIAMohammed Ben SULAYEMUnited Arab EmiratesNA
President of the SenateCarmelo SANZ DE BARROSSpainReal Automovil Club de España
Deputy President for SportRobert REIDUnited KingdomMotorsport UK
Deputy President for Automobile Mobility and TourismTim SHEARMANCanadaCanadian Automobile Association
Vice-President for Sport (Middle East)Abdulla AL KHALIFABahrainBahrain Motor Federation
Vice-President for Sport (Africa)Rodrigo FERREIRA ROCHAMozambiqueAutomovel & Touring Clube de Moçambique
Vice-President for Sport (North America)Daniel COENCosta RicaAutomovil Club de Costa Rica
Vice-President for Sport (South America)Fabiana ECCLESTONEBrazilConfederacao Brasileira de Automobilismo
Vice-President for Sport (Asia-Pacific)Lung-Nien LEESingaporeMotor Sports Singapore
Vice-President for Sport (Europe)Anna NORDKVISTSwedenSvenska Bilsportforbundet
Vice-President for Sport (Europe)Manuel AVINOSpainReal Federación Española de Automovilismo

Decisions of the General Assembly
During today’s Annual General Assembly meeting, the following decisions were taken:
World Council for Automobile Mobility and Tourism
Eighteen members were elected from the candidate proposals received from FIA Automobile Mobility and Tourism Regions and validated by the Nominations Committee:
Region I

NameNationalityProposed by
Didier BOLLECKERFranceAutomobile Club Association
Marga DE JAGERNetherlandsKoninklijke Nederlandse Toeristenbond
Jorge Fernando DELGADOSpainReal Automovil Club de España
Peter GOETSCHISwitzerlandTouring Club Suisse
August MARKLGermanyAllgemeiner Deutscher Automobil Club
Györgyi MILOVUKOVICSHungaryMagyar Autoklub
Giuseppe REDAELLIItalyAutomobile Club d’Italia
Gottfried WANITSCHEKAustriaÖsterreichischer Automobil – Motorrad und Touring Club

Region II

Govinda BHATTARAINepalNepal Automobiles’ Association
Michael BRADLEYAustraliaAustralian Automobile Association
Nitin DOSSAIndiaFederation of Indian Automobile Associations
Rifat SUNGKARIndonesiaIkatan Motor Indonesia
Bernard TAYSingaporeAutomobile Association of Singapore

Region III

Alvaro OLIVER VENEREUruguayAutomovil Club Dominicano
Selwyn PERSADTrinidad & TobagoTrinidad and Tobago Automobile Association

Region IV

Pedro Guillermo COFINO ORTEGAGuatemalaAutomovil Club de Guatemala
Gorki Salomon OBANDO ULTRERASEcuadorAutomovil Club del Ecuador
Alejandro QUINTANAChileAutomovil Club de Chile

World Motor Sport Council
Fourteen members were elected from among the applications received from Candidate proposals from the FIA full Members and validated by the Nominations Committee.

CandidatesProposed byNationality
HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan AL FAISAL AL SAUDSaudi ArabiaSaudi Automobile and Motorcycle
Eric BARRABINOMonacoAutomobile Club de Monaco
Wayne CHRISTIENew ZealandMotorsport New Zealand
Garry CONNELLYAustraliaMotorsport Australia
Viktor KIRYANOVRussiaRussian Automobile Federation
Tom KRISTENSENDenmarkDansk Automobil Sports Union
Andrew MALLALIEUBarbadosBarbados Motoring Federation
Amina MOHAMEDKenyaKenya Motor Sport Federation
Rado RASPETSloveniaAuto Sport Federation of Slovenia
David RICHARDSUnited KingdomMotorsport UK
George SILBERMANNUSAAutomobile Competition Committee for the United States FIA Inc.
Jan STOVICEKCzech RepublicThe Autoclub of the Czech Republic
Serkan YAZICITurkeyTurkish Automobile Sports Federation
Tao ZHANGChinaFederation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People of China

Elections to Committees and Disciplinary Bodies

Audit Committee
Two new members of the Audit Committee were elected at the General Assembly:

Bertrand BADRE (President)France
Tom PURVESUnited Kingdom

International Tribunal and International Court of Appeal 
The position of 19 judges were renewed, with the following being elected:

CandidatesNationalityProposed by
Laurent ANSELMIMonacoAutomobile Club de Monaco
Rui BOTICA SANTOSPortugalAutomóvel Club de Portugal
Michele CORRADINOItalyAutomobile Club d’Italia
William Garrett CROTTYUSAAutomobile Competition Committee for the United States FIA Inc.
Michael GRECHMaltaTouring Club Malta / Malta Motorsports Federation
Jaakko HIETALAFinlandAKK – Motorsport
Thierry JULLIARDSwitzerlandAuto Sport Suisse
Mark KLETTERAustriaF1 Teams
Jean-Christophe LEROYFranceFédération Française du Sport Automobile
Jean LUISIFranceFédération Française du Sport Automobile
Martin MAISNERCzech RepublicThe Autoclub of the Czech Republic
Javier MARTIN-MERINOSpainReal Federación Española de Automovilismo
Philip MOSERUnited KingdomF1 Teams
Kyle NOVAKUSAAutomobile Competition Committee for the United States FIA Inc.
Robert PERGLCzech RepublicUstredni Automotoklub CR
Patrick RAEDERSDORFSwitzerlandAuto Sport Suisse
Dieter ROSSKOPFGermanyDeutscher Motor Sport Bund
Walter SOFRONOFFAustraliaMotorsport Australia
Felippe ZERAIKBrazilConfederacao Brasileira de Automobilismo

Anti-Doping Disciplinary Committee
One position was filled on the proposal of the World Motor Sport Council:

Jose Antonio VELOSOUruguayMedical

Amendments to the FIA International Sporting Code
The Assembly agreed to a number of amendments to the International Sporting Code, including the following:

  • Possibility of the substitute stewards and stewards to work remotely: Due to the current global situation, the Assembly extended the possibility for stewards to operate remotely under certain conditions.
  • Definition of Drifting: A specific definition of Drifting is introduced within the Code: “a Competition in which Drivers compete by aiming to accurately follow a pre-determined Course. Scoring will be done by Judges, based on a combination of line, angle, style and speed. Drifting can take place on either permanent or temporary Closed Courses, with two forms of Competition permitted: 1) Solo Drifting, often used for qualifying, will seed rivers compete one at a time to set as high a points score as possible, and / or 2) Tandem/battle Drifting, will feature two Drivers at the same time over a minimum of two runs. Each Driver will take the opportunity to be the leading vehicle for one run and the chasing vehicle for the other. The leading Driver’s objective will be to replicate what would be a perfect qualifying run, while the chasing Driver’s objective will be to mirror the run of the leader while maintaining as close proximity as possible. The Judges will determine the winner of each tandem/battle by comparing their performances across both runs (and any further runs as may be ordered)”.

Delegation of Sporting Powers
A request for the delegation of the Sporting Power from the Chinese Taipei Motor Sports Ltd (CTMS) to the Chinese Taipei Motor Sports Association (CTMSA) was approved by the Assembly, thus allowing for the selection and training of a national team for the FIA Motor Sport Games for 2022 exclusively.
FIA Members

Definitive affiliation of provisionally affiliated Clubs

Federação Angolana de Desportos MotorizadosAngolaSport
Hellenic Motorsport FederationGreeceSport
Automobile Federation of MoldovaMoldovaSport
National Automobile Club of UzbekistanUzbekistanSport
Vietnamese Motorsports Association LLCVietnamSport
Groupe de Développement SportifCanadaSport

Change of Status

Namibia Motor
Sport Federation
NamibiaChange from associate to
full Member
Automobile Club
RwandaChange from associate to
full Member as ASN 
Auto Sport d’HaïtiHaïtiChange from associate to
full Member


The Camping and Caravanning ClubUnited KingdomAutomobile mobility and tourism

Honorary Member

It is with pleasure that the General Assembly awards Honorary status to the following Members:

Président d’HonneurJean TODT
Vice-Président d’HonneurAngelo STICCHI-DAMIANI
Vice-Président d’HonneurJose ABED
Vice-Président d’HonneurHeping WAN
Membre d’HonneurMichel FERRY
Président d’Honneur de CommissionGérard SAILLANT
Président d’Honneur de CommissionRod PARKIN
Président d’Honneur de CommissionGiuseppe MUSCIONI

Date and location of next meeting
The 2022 FIA Annual General Assembly and Prize Giving Ceremony will take place on 9 December 2022. The Assembly granted a mandate to the newly composed World Councils to determine the location and venue of the Assembly.