Sep 14, 2001
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From a press release issued by the FIM:<BR><BR>After consultation with all FIM Sporting Commissions' Presidents and FIM Promoters, President Francesco Zerbi has confirmed that no FIM event would be either cancelled or postponed as a result of the tragic events in the United States of America. Mr. Zerbi stated: "It would only be a confirmation that terrorists have been successful in destroying, terrifying and intimidating the world."<BR><BR>As a gesture of compassion and solidarity with the victims of these acts, President Zerbi has given instructions to arrange it so that during all the remaining 2001 FIM events, a one-minute silence be observed by riders and spectators at an appropriate time before the start of the events, and to cancel the traditional opening of champagne on the podium which will contribute towards keeping the prize-giving ceremony as sober and dignified as possible.