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FIA International Stewards Programme opens in Geneva


Motor sport stewards from around the world are meeting this weekend for a two-day seminar.

The second edition of the FIA International Stewards Programme began on Friday, 9 February, in Geneva, gathering stewards from all disciplines of motor sport together for a two-day schedule of training.

The inaugural meeting of FIA stewards was heralded as a great success twelve months ago, and this second edition represents a significant step forward with greatly increased attendance by stewards from across the full spectrum of motor sport disciplines.

A message from FIA President Jean Todt opened proceedings, which reaffirmed the significance of stewarding in within the FIA. “Motor sport stewarding is a complex challenge, and we must continue to target excellence,” said Todt. “We hope that this seminar will help us to set the benchmark of international stewarding.”

FIA Deputy President for Sport, Graham Stoker, echoed the significance of this initiative, and welcoming the participants remarked, “The people gathered here represent men and women globally our federation the top stewards around the world, the senior officials. I think this edition has really has progressed the initial idea of what this Programme could be after a great start last year.”

Stoker reinforced the significance of the Programme, highlighting the responsibilities of the stewards in matters of safety, as well as ensuring fair and equitable decisions which protect the reputation of the sport.

Following the opening remarks, the afternoon featured a wide range of keynote speeches, the first of which was presented by FIA Secretary-General for Sport Peter Bayer and focused on the ‘Global Pathway for FIA Stewards’ – a concept that aims to improve the transfer of experience across all levels of competition.

A number of sessions relating to the more practical aspects of stewarding, such as the correct procedure for decision-making, issuing results, dealing with penalties and appeals and the role of the FIA Judicial and Disciplinary System rounded out the afternoon.

The Programme continues on both Saturday and Sunday (10-11 February), with interactive sessions and case studies ensuring that the meeting is one of collaboration between the FIA, its stewards and also representatives of competitors from various disciplines.