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FIA Announces 'GDS' as the New National Sporting Authority in Canada

FIA Announces GDS as the New National Sporting Authority in Canada

Oakville, ON, April 29/2 (GRW): In an communique issued yesterday, the FIA announced that it had appointed a new National Sporting Authority (ASN) for Canada to replace the former ‘ASN Canada’ which relinquished its rights a few months ago. The new ASN has taken the name “Groupe de développement sportif’ or GDS. The former Canadian sporting authority had the rather generic name of ‘ASN Canada’.

The new ASN will take on the duties DELEGATED to it by the FIA which holds that “The FIA shall be the sole international sporting authority entitled to make and enforce regulations based on the fundamental principles of safety and sporting fairness, for the encouragement and control of automobile Competitions, and to organize FIA International Championships.” In practice this includes such things as issuing competition licences, certifying race venues and generally encouraging the operations of motorsport under the FIA Code within the country. The former ASN Canada also acted as a broker for relevant insurance coverage.

Here is the text of the FIA communique:

“The FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) is pleased to announce the appointment of GDS (Groupe de développement sportif) as the new National Sporting Authority in Canada (ASN).

“The delegation of the sporting power to GDS follows a selection process initiated at the FIA Annual General Assembly in December 2019, where a mandate was given to the World Motor Sport Council to appoint a new governing body in Canada.

“GDS was selected by the Council on the basis of the quality of its application and the significant motor sport experience of its leaders François Dumontier, President and Ron Fellows, Vice-president, as well as its intention to create an advisory committee composed of presidents of regional organizations and other motor sport stakeholders.

“GDS joins the FIA’s membership of 242 motor sport and motoring clubs in 146 countries.

“FIA Secretary General for Sport, Peter Bayer, commented: “The World Motor Sport Council is confident in the credentials of GDS and the quality of its application, and its executives, in delivering the favourable exercising of sporting powers in Canada. It has a strong commitment to the growth of national and international motor sport, from grassroots competition to world championships.”

“François Dumontier, President Sports Development Group – ASN, Canada, commented: “I am honoured to have been elected to represent the Canadian National Sporting Authority within the FIA. The goals and vision for the new ASN in Canada will be aligned with the FIA and will concentrate on creating long-term stability through cooperative efforts from the various Canadian regions and motorsport disciplines.’’


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