The FMSCI Presents Its Plan To Resume Motorsport in India
Over the past decades, In India, Motorsport has gained the greatest recognition and aroused interest in people worldwide. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, sporting activities around the world, including motorsports, have been disrupted.
Motorsport activities in India have naturally been put on hold for a while. However, sports series around the world are now starting to host closed-door events. The Federation of Motorsport Clubs of India (FMSCI) – responsible for the governance and promotion of motorsport in the country – has announced a series of proceedings to persuade racing in India.
Intended to encourage national championships’ resumption and low or medium-level events, these new programs largely target promoters and organizers of events.
New measures announced for 2020 include:
- Suppose there are no sponsors associated with the event, 100% exemption from permit fees for organizers of all events. Otherwise, 50% of the permit fee will be charged.
- Suppose there are no sponsors associated with the event, 100% exemption from naming rights fees for events. Otherwise, a 50% naming rights fee will be charged.
- If these licensees do not participate in any event in 2020, the free renewal of national-level competition licenses requested in 2020 will be transferred for 2021.
- 1-year extension for existing promoters of various National Championship events regardless of whether the Championship is in 2020 or not.
- To relieve the burden of travel and hospitality costs for the organizers, local stewards will be appointed.
The FMSCI genuinely hopes that with these small steps, India’s motorsport will resume as soon as the sports lockdown is lifted.
India is currently entering the fourth phase of the national lockdown, but several relaxations in some places. It was already announced by the government of India that stadiums across the country can be opened with no audience. However, no details were provided on whether sporting events can still be organized without an audience.