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ATCUAE extends motor sport training to South America

Publication date: 09 August 2012

A team from the training and education division of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE), the Motorsport Knowledge Institute (MKI), attended a three-day FIA workshop in Cancun, Mexico on 8 August to explain its role as an FIA Institute Approved Regional Training Provider. The FIA President, Jean Todt, and FIA Region I President, Werner Kraus, were also present to support the initiative.

The ATCUAE is contracted by its FIA-approved counterparts in Colombia, Chile and Bolivia to deliver intensive training programmes, assisting with the continued development of the motor sport infrastructures in those countries and five other South American nations.

The Club is now one of only four national organisations worldwide entrusted to deliver motor sport training programmes on behalf of the FIA, with the high level training programmes in South America due to begin later this year.

In Bolivia, the training will be extended to senior officials of the national motor sport authorities of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay which also hosts the Codasur South American Rally Championship.

Jean Todt, President of the FIA (second left), with representatives from the ATCUAE.  From left, Natalia Sosa Medina, Communications Manager, Dr. Sean O’Connor, Director, and Tanya Kutsenko, Project Manager at the Advanced Motor Sport Development Workshop in the Americas in Cancun, Mexico.

MKI Director Dr Sean O’Connor attended the Cancun workshop along with the Institute’s Manager Tanya Kutsenko, and Communications Manager, Natalia Sosa Medina.

In recent weeks MKI teams have been in Africa to conduct training programmes for officials of the national motor sport authorities of Sudan and Tanzania. Training will be extended into other parts of the world in the months ahead.

The training programmes are funded in part by the FIA Foundation’s Motor Sport Safety Development Fund. The Fund was set up in 2008 as a charitable fund to help progress and improve safety, training and education in motor sport worldwide.

The FIA Institute manages the programmes of the Fund on behalf of the FIA Foundation. This includes the Officials Safety Training Programme under which this activity is being conducted.

The  MKI was established by its President, Dr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem, following the organisation's elevation to the status of FIA Institute approved Regional Training Provider (RTP) in December 2011.

Delegates representing 26 countries across North, Central and South America attended the FIA’s latest Motor Sport Development Workshop in Cancun. Joining them were the FIA President, President of the FIA Senate, the Presidents of FIA Regions I (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), III (North America) and IV (Latin America), representatives from the FIA, FIA Foundation and FIA Institute, and members of the Mexican Government.

The event was aimed at stimulating grass roots development across the Americas, particularly in the areas relating to officials safety training, young driver safety, facility improvement, motor sport medicine and sustainability.

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