Motorsport's governing body, the FIA have announced their official recognition by the IOC (International Olympic Committee). This is for a provisional period of two years and the FIA has been invited to set up an athlete's commission in the near future to make the recognition permanent.
An FIA statement outlined its commitments which include “ensuring the development of its sports throughout the world” and “contributing to the achievement of the goals set out in the Olympic Charter, particularly in relation to the on-going development of Olympic values and Olympic education.”
.FIA President Jean Todt will be sending a letter to the 129 national sporting club members of the FIA, inviting them to respect and share the values of the Olympic movement. The 65 year old has welcomed the news and believes the two organisations share many of the same values.
“I am delighted the FIA is now part of the Olympic family as this is a confirmation of the strength of our sporting credentials as well as a recognition of the values of Respect, Excellence and Friendship which we actively share with the Olympic movement.”