Nazir Hoosein

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Nazir Hoosein is an Indian racing driver and motorsport administrator. He is the current President of the Motorsports Association of India, Vice President of the FIA for Sport,[1] chief steward of the World Rally Championship and a member of the World Motor Sport Council.[2]

In 1980 Hoosein founded the Himalayan Rally Association[3] and started the Himalayan Rally,[4] run through the world's highest mountains in the north of India. He founded the Indian Automotive Racing Club as he was unhappy with the way that motorsport was organised in India, and then helped in the forming of the Federation of Motor Sport Clubs of India (FMSCI). He became President of the FMSCI in 1984.[3]

In 1988 Hoosein organised the Great Desert-Himalaya Rally, which ran from the Thar Desert of Rajasthan through the Shivalik hills, Himachal and Ladakh. The event ended in Srinagar.[4]

In 1993, Hoosein was elected to the World Motor Sport Council however in 1999 the FMSCI decided that it no longer wanted Hoosein to be their representative to the FIA. This led to Hoosein forming the Motorsports Association of India (MAI) in opposition to the FMSCI. Hoosein is an ally of FIA President Max Mosley, and assisted Mosley in gaining votes from the Asian members of the FIA throughout the 1990s. The FIA decided in 2000 that MAI should be recognised as motor sport's governing body in India. However the Indian government refused to recognise the MAI, which meant that Hoosein was unable to represent India at the FIA. A deal was completed allowing Hoosein to be a member of the World Motor Sport Council representing People's Republic of China.[5]

Hoosein was elected a Vice President of the FIA for Sport in 2005 as a member of the candidacy list of Max Mosley, who was re-elected as President of the FIA.[1] The following year he was appointed as the chief steward of the World Rally Championship, a position he still holds.[2] He has previously been a race steward for Formula One events.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "FIA President Elected For Four-Year Term". 2005-10-28. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Chief Stewards Signed up for Major Championships". 2006-03-03. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  3. ^ a b c "People: Nazir Hoosein". Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  4. ^ a b "A natural turf for rallying". 2007-03-16. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  5. ^ "What chance of a Grand Prix in India?". 2005-04-18. Retrieved 2007-07-20.