The President of Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), Akbar Ibrahim on Friday while speaking to media said the body will not hesitate from withdrawing Vijay Mallya’s nomination in FIA even if it means that FMSCI has to lose its representation in World Motor Sports Council & FIA, reported news agency ANI. These statements came one day after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) confiscated a Rs 100-crore beachside farm house in Maharashtra’s Alibaug “controlled” by beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya in connection with its money laundering probe against him, reported news agency PTI.
“If we’ve to lose our representation in World Motor Sports Council & FIA by withdrawing the nomination of Mallya then we will do that,” Ibrahim was quoted saying by ANI. He added that in January the board had decided not to renew Mallya’s term as the chairman of FMSCI. “Seek clarification if Mallya doesn’t continue to represent FMSCI in FIA, will we lose representation in World Motor Sports Council. In Jan, board decided not to renew term of Vijay Mallya as honorary chairman of FMSCI,” he added.
Yesterday, FMSCI had cleared that even though it has removed the liquor baron from the post of chairman, he will continue to represent it in world motorsport body FIA, reported PTI. “We nominate representatives to FIA for a three-year term. We can only nominate new names once the current cycle gets over in 2018. If we replace Mallya or even Vicky for that matter now, we lose our seat on the World Motor Sports Council, which is not good for Indian motorsport,” FMSCI president Akbar Ebrahim told PTI. “To add to that, having both Vijay and Vicky in FIA benefits. They both are well connected in the FIA,” he added.
While Mallya, who is residing in the United Kingdom since March 2016, is having a tough time personally, his Formula One team Force India continue to punch above its weight. The team finished in the fourth spot in 2016 and has started well in 2017, earning 53 points from 5 races.