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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1555

FIA President Jean Todt and Michelle Yeoh visit Sri Lanka

By J.A. Fernando in Colombo
Colombo, 24 December, (

Celebrating 75th anniversary of Motor Sports, the Ceylon Motor Sports Club (CMSC) and the Automobile Association of Ceylon (AAC) invited the President of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), Jean Todt and his fiancée, actress Michelle Yeoh, famous for her acting role in the movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” which has won over 40 awards including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (Taiwan) and three other Academy Awards, and was nominated for six other Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Jean Todt also met with Governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka Ajith Nivard Cabraal on December 22 during his visit.

Jean Todts arrival marked the first time that a leading figure in motor racing and a high ranking official from the FIA is visiting Sri Lanka whilst the island nation is also one of the oldest countries to have been involved in the Motor sports in the region.

Jean Todt, wants Sri Lanka to promote the motor sports at grassroots levels by improving the facilities in Go-Kart racing. His emphasized the vision to see Sri Lanka build a track for Go-Karting for training and would like to see more youngsters take to the sport in a big way.

“Improving the sport at grassroots level is important for motor sports lovers before they could lay their hands on big time motor racing in Formula One (F1) cars. The world is watching these F1 racing events conducted the world over with much interest. There is a big following in this sport and the young drivers should be trained in marshalling and road safety code early by expert teachers”, Jean Todat reported to have said addressing a media briefing.

Todt also highlighted the importance of using the seat belts when travelling in vehicles while he pointed out that Safety rules must be adhered to and many other safety methods must be taught to all kinds of vehicle users in the country.

Todt has been involved in motor sports since 1966 when he was a rally co-driver until he retired in 1981.

He continued to be involved in world motor sport as an executive director of Scuderia Ferrari, the Ferrari Company's Formula One constructor. In 2006, he was appointed as the company's CEO. In March of 2008, Todt resigned as CEO and assumed a special appointment within the company's racing department.

In October 2009, he was elected as President of the FIA, which is motor sport's world governing body.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the FIA Foundation. In February 2007, Todt was awarded the Grand Officier of the Légion d’Honneur, France’s second highest honour.

The FIA is a non-profit organization which acts as the World Motor Sports Governing Body for many auto racing events, including F1. The federation is headquartered in Paris, and consists of 213 national member organizations and 125 countries worldwide, including Sri Lanka.

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