Italian Raffaele Chiulli will remain in his position of President of International Union of Powerboating for a further four years, it was revealed at the 88th General Assembly of the UIM, writes Richard Carr.
At the assembly, the UIM stated that the Italian was re-elected: “for the development and innovation policies implemented over the last Presidential mandate.”
Aside from his presidential duties with the UIM, Chiulli is also President of the Association of IOC (International Olympic Committee), Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF) and vice-president of SportAccord.
2016 will mark Chiulli’s 9th year as head of the UIM after taking over from Charles D.Strang of the United States. In 2013, he took up the post at the head of ARISF, successfully beating off his sole rival Carlos Freitag of Spain by 26 votes to seven at the organisation’s General Assembly in St Petersburg.
The Italian replaced International Korfball Federation President Jan Fransoo in the role after he decided to step down following eight years at the helm.
It was a similar situation at the SportAccord Council with Chiulli taking Fransoo’s seat, where he currently serves alongside World Baseball and Softball Confederation President Riccardo Fraccari.
Chiulli has been able to influence the Olympic Agenda for 2020 having been a member of the IOC Sport for All Commission since 2014. However, powerboating was one of just seven IOC-recognised sports which didn’t apply for inclusion at the Tokyo games in four and a half years’ time.
Powerboats last appearance as an Olympic event was way back in 1908 when it feature in the London Games.
About Richard Carr
Richard Carr, of Poole, is one of the UK’s most experienced and successful powerboat racers, who has competed in the sport globally.
He has won numerous domestic and international honours: he became British Class 1 Champion in 1991; he was the winner of the coveted Needles Trophy and he also came second in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 1992. It was the year the race was controversially competed in the fog and it has been argued for many years that he actually won the race.
He is known in the sport for his aggressive racing character in rough seas and recently raced in the USA for Geico in 2011.
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