Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed was on Friday, October 9 elected to the World Motor Sport Council.
World Motor Sport Council is a vital governance organ of the International Automobile Federation (FIA).
In a tweet on Friday, FIA President Jean Todt said Amina’s appointment was important for the FIA’s drive for gender equality.
Amina Mohamed, Minister for Sports, Heritage and Culture of Kenya 🇰🇪, elected as a new member of the World Motor Sport Council. A great asset for @FIA advancing gender equality and diversity pic.twitter.com/k6AoSNEFBa
— Jean Todt (@JeanTodt) October 9, 2020
“Amina Mohamed, Minister for Sports, Heritage and Culture of Kenya, elected as a new member of the World Motor Sport Council. A great asset for @FIA advancing gender equality and diversity,” Todt tweeted.
The election was held on Friday at FIA’s World Motor Sport Council meeting.
Among those who congratulated the CS include FIA secretary general Peter Bayer and Kenya Motor Sports Federation President Phineas Kimathi.
“I would like to extend my sincere congratulations on today’s election. I am very proud and honored to be working with you as a World Motor Sport Council Member,” Bayer said.
“I wish to congratulate Amb. (Dr) Mohamed on her election to this key organ of the FIA. This shows the confidence global motorsport has in Kenya, and this development will hold us in good stead as we prepare to return to the World Rally Championship fold next year,” Kimathi said.
Kimathi added: “I would like to thank the FIA President Jean Todt and his team for the confidence that they continue to show in Kenya and for their support,”
On her part, Amina said her election underscored the importance of Kenya on the global sports management landscape.
“This recognition is not an individual one, but collectively represents Kenya’s and Africa’s ambition to get more involved in the management of global sport which will, in turn, translate to development of sport on the continent, in general.
“I would like to thank His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta for the support he has accorded sport, and his particular interest in ensuring the successful return of the iconic Safari Rally into the World Rally Championship calendar.”
Amina’s election on Friday came just a day after she lost the race for the World Trade Organisation’s Director-General’s position to Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea’s Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee.
Okonjo-Iweala and Myung-hee will battle it out for the appointment to the Geneva-based trade body.