The 83rd UIM General Assembly held in Malta on the 17th of October represented a key moment for the sport of powerboating. The UIM, fully recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since this year Winter Olympic Games of Vancouver, is acting as a loyal and proud member of the Olympic Family. The General Assembly, hosted by the Maltese Powerboating Federation, has been a success both in terms of organization and participation. Several constructive and effective meetings took place during the whole week and brought an invaluable contribution to advancing the UIM agenda.
“The presence and the contribution of Mr. Jean-Laurent Bourquin, IOC Senior Manager, who gave a very interesting presentation at the opening of the General Assembly, has been significant, stated the UIM President Raffaele Chiulli, I am sure that the whole Powerboating Family has now a better understanding of how the full IOC recognition is important for the UIM and how it will help to expand horizons and broaden our sport collective accomplishments. We have done some good work so far but there is still much to do and by working together we will succeed.”
“It is important for the IOC to have such a good relationship with the UIM and its President. We have analyzed your application for IOC recognition and we have seen how you have done significant improvements in several key areas in order to reach such an important step”, told Mr. Bourquin congratulating the UIM for the fully recognition also on behalf of the IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge.
“When we considered the 70 International Sport Federations we are dealing with, I can say that over the last three years, the UIM is “on the podium” of all these International Sport Federations because you have developed and improved your organization in a remarkable way. This is the reason why you got the fully recognition at the Winter Olympic Games of Vancouver”.
The 84th UIM General Assembly will be hosted by UAE Federation at the prestigious Yas Island, Abu Dhabi from 17 to 23 October 2011.