Motorsports has been long established in our country and we have successfully organised many events of world status like the FIM Road Racing Grand Prix World Championship from 1991 onwards, the FIM Superbike World Championship, the FIM Endurance World Championship, FIM Asia Road Racing Championship, FIA ASIA Pacific Rally and the FIA Formula One World Championship Championship from 1999 onwards. In the International Motorsports arena, the Automobile Association of Malaysia is affiliated to Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and Commission Internationale de Karting-FIA (CIK-FIA) as their representative and controlling body in Malaysia. The functions of the controlling bodies are as follows:
FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile)
The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile is an international organisation grouping together automobile clubs from all over the world which have joined together in order to better carry on their activities and to defend their common cause, motor cars. The body in which the supreme authority of the FIA is invested is its General Assembly, at which each affiliated country has a vote. The Sporting Power in matters of motor sport, with which the FIA is invested, has its origin in the pooling of powers held by each ASN (National Sporting Authority) in its own country. This power is therefore common property.
FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme)
Founded in 1904, the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme is an international organisation, which was created to control and develop the sporting and touring aspects of motorcycling and to assist motorcycle users in those fields.
The FIM as defined in the statutes is the supreme and sole international authority empowered to control international motorcycling activities organised under its jurisdiction throughout the world and as such acts as the supreme court for the settlement of disputes which may arise from the organisation of such activities. The official titles of World Championships, Continental Championships and FIM Prize events in all disciplines of the motorcycle sport belong to the FIM.
The aims of the FIM are notably:
- To encourage all aspects of motorcycling by lending its support to any projects or initiatives which may contribute to its development. It will ensure the unity of the world motorcycling movement and safeguard the material and moral interests of its members without any racial, political or religious discrimination.
- To safeguard the interests of the members of the FIM by encouraging collaboration and friendship between them and all organisations involved in motorcycling.
- To encourage and draw up regulations for the sport of motorcycling in all of its disciplines, by controlling world-wide through its members the application of rules, standards and in particular its Codes.
- To grant authorisation for the organisation of international sporting and touring motorcycle events. To control and verify that these competitions are in conformity with the Statutes, Sporting Code and rules of the FIM. As a general rule, the FIM only grants this authorisation to its Affiliated Members. The FIM assumes no responsibility whatsoever either civil or penal, since the organisation and control of events depends entirely upon the Affiliated Members who assume entire responsibility.
- The Affiliated Members to the FIM, hereinafter referred as the FMNs, are National Motorcycle Federations or any other national body which in the opinion of the FIM controls in the representative manner motorcycling activities in its own country. All nations of the world may be represented, but each by only one federation or national organisation.
- Each FMN accepted as a member of the FIM shall be in its country the sole organisation entitled to exercise the powers of the FIM as defined in the FIM statutes, the Sporting Code and regulations.
The CIK-FIA, (Commission Internationale de Karting-FIA) which was founded in 1962, is an association governed by its statutes and by articles 60 of the Swiss Civil Code. The objective of the Commission Internationale de Karting – FIA is to establish links between its members principally with a view to:
- Ensuring unity in the Karting movement and safeguarding the material and moral interests of Karting in all countries.
- Fostering the development of the practice of Karting, safety and helping to improve the environment.
- Fostering the development of the sport of Karting and ensuring respect of the common rules applicable to the organisation and running of Karting competitions.
- Promoting the strengthening and improvement of facilities and services of member clubs, associations and federations.
- Exercising jurisdictional authority of First instance for the settlement of any disputes that may arise between its members or concerning members of the CIK-FIA should they contravene the obligations set out in the statutes and regulations. It is understood that the competent jurisdiction of last resort for settlement of the above-mentioned disputes shall be the International Court of Appeal.
- The Association qualifies as a member to the National Sport Association (ASN) recognized by FIA and disposing themselves of a total delegation in National Karting matters.