UIM council members and committee heads joined President Raffaele Chiulli in an extraordinary meeting held by video conference to address the impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on the 2020 international racing calendar.
Following Chiulli’s proposal, the Council unanimously agreed to set up a ‘UIM COVID-19 Recovery Task Force’ to provide guidance to the Executive Committee for multiple challenges that the sport is facing.
Under the lead of the Secretary General Thomas Kurth, experts in the fields of medical care, legal protection, risk assessment, sport event and emergency management, will analyse relevant data and information and work with an advisory group comprising of racers, promoters and local organisers.
A fundamental review
Perhaps the more interesting news in the UIM press release is the statement: ‘review fundamental pillars of the Powerboating Sport’.
These are the items up for review:
- UIM’s governance structures
- Sporting rules and regulations
- Racing formats
- The way the sport was brought to the fans and to the wider audience
It will be fascinating to see how the UIM approaches those incredibly important items and subsequently sets out to improve them.
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.