Akbar Ebrahim is the first-ever Indian to be assigned to the role. He also holds a seat on the FIA World Motor Sports Council, which puts India back on the apex body that’s responsible for international motorsport at large.
The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) President Akbar Ebrahim has been elected as the president of the FIA’s International Karting Commission (CIK). Ebrahim replaces Felipe Massa in the role, while the former Formula 1 driver will now be heading the Drivers’ Commission. The Commission Internationale de Karting (CIK) is the international sanctioning body for kart racing and consists of 37 members across the globe. The announcement is a big one since Ebrahim is the first-ever Indian to be assigned to the role. He also holds a seat on the FIA World Motor Sports Council, which puts India back on the apex body that’s responsible for international motorsport at large.
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Speaking about his nomination, Akbar Ebrahim said, “I would like to thank the FIA President, Mr Mohammed ben Sulayem, FIA Deputy President Sport, Mr Robert Reid and the World Motor Sport Council for nominating me to this very prestigious position. I would also like to thank the entire Indian karting fraternity as well as the FMSCI for all the support extended to me in the field of karting till date. I am aware that this is a huge responsibility and I shall strive to the best of my ability to do justice to the position, the CIK, the FIA and the global karting community. As a team, we will focus on further strengthening the top end of the karting pyramid and at the same time, will lay a lot of emphasis on broad basing the sport at all regional, national and grass-root levels.”
In addition to Akbar Ebrahim’s appointment, UK’s John Ryan has been nominated as the vice-president of the international karting commission. Meanwhile, Ebrahim has been the FMSCI President since 2020 and this is his second term in the seat having served previously between 2016-2018. Ebrahim has been playing a crucial role in developing motorsport in India from the grassroots level. He has been actively working on the karting scene in India and is an integral part of the national championship too.