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GP Week : Issue 194
contract Monaco Singapore Abu Dhabi Austin 24/25/26 May 21 / 22 September 1 / 3 November 15/16/17 November AMBER LOUNGE THE ULTIMATE VIP GRAND PRIX EXPERIENCE 2013 CELEBRATING 10 YEARS VIP Parties Fashion Shows Dining Hospitality Live Acts BlackBook-210x282.indd 1 01/03/2013 17:52 F1 >>> nEWs IOC WEIGHS IN ON FIA GOVERNANCE FIA presidential hopeful David Ward has taken another swing at incumbent Jean Todt, saying that the Federation’s standards of governance fall short of those of the International Olympic Committee, which recently awarded full recognition to Formula One’s governing body. The recognition from the IOC is one of the highlights of Todt’s presidency and the Frenchman on his campaign website has claimed that it proves that the FIA’s governance practices are of the highest standard. It is this claim that Ward – a former ally of Todt – is disputing, with the Briton saying that it was simply not true. “For this claim to be true one would expect that the FIA fully respects the standards set out in the IOC’s ‘Basic universal Principles of Good Government of the Olympic and sports Movement’ and also that the newly created ethics Committee would be struc tured along identical lines to the IOC’s equivalent body,” he wrote in a letter to all FIA member clubs which also included a direct comparison between its governance practices and those of the IOC. “unfortunately neither is the case. Disappointingly the FIA consistently falls short of the IOC’s principles and best practices,” he concluded. But Ward’s latest volley in what is turning out to be a bruising election battle prompted the IOC to send a letter to Todt backing his efforts and the governance standards of the FIA. “The IOC executive Board and subsequently the IOC session duly noted that the FIA was compliant with all the criteria and granted full recognition to the International Federation in september 2013,” the IOC letter said. “We have enjoyed a fruitful working relationship with the FIA and look forward to building on it in the years to come.” Ward, who has worked in various capacities with the FIA for over 20 years and was also a key member of Todt’s election team in 2009, is contesting the election on a platform calling for change at the FIA, with a clean-up of its governance practices the centrepiece of his campaign. But his election hopes have faced a few major setbacks in recent weeks with the governing body’s ethics Committee rejecting a complaint Ward made accusing Todt of misusing FIA resources to garner support for his re-election bid, while an influential Middle eastern club president has also thrown his weight behind Todt’s campaign. Todt, on the other hand, has run a quiet campaign in tune with his presidency during which the former Ferrari team principal has kept a low profile but has still managed to win the FIA significant standing internationally. 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: