VITO IPPOLITO ANNOUNCES HIS BID FOR RE-ELECTION AS FIM PRESIDENT IN 2014
3 Questions to Vito Ippolito
How would you sum up the achievements of the past four years?
Vito Ippolito: We have worked hard these past years to give the FIM a long-term Plan that can meet the expectations of all our members. The Plan is very ambitious and covers both sporting and non-sporting objectives as well as the internal organisation of the FIM and relations within the FIM family. In a nutshell, this is the positive achievement of these past years.
What are your reasons for standing for re-election?
VI: Although we have had successes in a number of areas, I am not yet wholly satisfied with the results we have achieved. It is a fact that the economic climate was not favourable and some aspects of the organisational renewal did not go quite according to plan. Now, we need to make better use of the opportunities that we have so far not been fully able to seize and to strive to achieve the ambitious objectives that we have set for ourselves.
What are your plans for the next four years?
VI: We have to give priority to the FIM family as a whole, to all our members, both organisations and individuals. In particular, as far as sport is concerned, we shall continue to work to reduce the costs of our sport. This is the most important thing and the one on which our future depends. In addition, we need to make it easier for young riders to take part in high-level competitions. I would like to stress that we are currently in the process of looking into the setting up of a FIM Foundation, which I believe would benefit the entire motorcycling world across the board.
About Vito Ippolito
Mr Vito Ippolito (Venezuela) was elected FIM President during the General Assembly at the FIM Congress in Salvador, Brazil, on 16 October 2006. He was re-elected during the General Assembly at the FIM Congress in Macau on 19 October 2010 for a second four-year mandate.
• President of the FMV (Venezuelan Federation) since 1992.
• Member of the FIM Road Racing Commission from 1984 until 1990.
• FIM Vice-President from 1990 to 1996.
• FIM Deputy President since 1997.
• President of the ULM (Union Latino-Americana de Motociclismo) from 1984 until 1998.
• Manager of the team Venemotos whose rider Carlos Lavado became 250 Grand Prix World Champion in 1983 and 1986.
• FIM President since 2006.