The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme General Assembly met in Monte-Carlo this past weekend, where 76 of 107 of the member federations were in attendance. Conducting a bit of FIM business, one of the more interesting points to note from the meeting was the FIM General Assembly’s acceptance of two new applications to join the FIM. One of the applications came from Fédération Motocycliste de Côte d’Ivoire (FMCI), which replaces the Ivory Coast’s previous federation, the FISAM.
The second application though is a bit more interesting, as the FIM General Assembly accepted the Palestinian Motor Sport and Motorcycle Federation (PMSMF) as the FIM’s 108th member federation. Able to accomplish what the United Nations has been unable to do in the past 25 years, the FIM acceptance is a growing trend in international politics, and it adds recognition to the the eight-year-old PMSMF, which has already be granted member status in the car realm with the FIA.
With Palestine, Israel, Hamas, the Gaza Strip, and the West Bank routinely in headlines news because of the ongoing conflict in the region (especially in the past few weeks), it is hard to imagine that motorsport exists in the area with any meaningful weight. However, it does, and despite the stereotypes, there is even a female racing presence.
We doubt that the PMSMF’s inclusion into the FIM will have any real affect on the politics of Palestine, but it is interesting to note that the state’s inclusions to the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme coincides with the UN General Assembly’s vote to upgrade the State of Palestine to a “non-member observer state” — a designation it now shares with the Holy See, the government of the Roman Catholic Church.
Just something to mull over as we get closer to the weekend, and the holiday season.