Raffaele Chiulli, president of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and SportAccord, has been re-elected as head of the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), the international governing body of powerboating.
The Italian executive was re-elected with an overwhelming majority at the UIM’s Annual General Assembly in Qingdao, China, and will serve another four-year term. Chiulli first took up the post in 2007 and holds key positions in the sports industry, including the presidency of the Association of IOC Recognised International Sport Federations (ARISF).
In May, Chiulli was officially elected as the president of SportAccord convention at the organisation’s general assembly in Gold Coast, Australia. Chiulli took over from former International Tennis Federation (ITF) president Francesco Ricci Bitti, who had been serving as acting president since the death of Patrick Baumann in October last year.
Chiulli was last year appointed as the president of the Council of GAISF, as a replacement for Baumann in that role. Speaking following his re-election as UIM president, Chiulli said: “This re-election rewards the strong willingness I have always expressed over these years, to renew and to rejuvenate the powerboat sport.
“Today we have many disciplines that are practiced with a lot of success all over the world, we have more and more young people participating in our races and sharing in the activities of the UIM. We have given a strong impulse to the use of renewable energies within our competitions, and we can confirm that environmental considerations and the respect of the sea are high ranked priorities within the UIM. Also, when speaking about safety, we can proudly say that we have reached a high level of efficiency and professionality.”
The UIM last week added motosurf to its range of powerboating disciplines through a cooperation agreement signed between Chiulli and Jetsurf principal Martin Sula. The partnership placed the Motosurf World Cup under the sporting authority of the UIM.
Motosurf combines ultra-light weight Jetsurf race boards with small state-of-the-art engines, either combustion or electric. The UIM Motosurf World Cup consists of five rounds, staged in Europe, Asia and America.
After the UIM General Assembly, Chiulli met with China’s Sports Minister and president of the Chinese Olympic Committee, Gou Zhongwen, at the COC headquarters to discuss the future of watersports in China.
Following the meeting, Chiulli said: “China is a major hub for sports organisations with number of major sports events being held in this country. We can observe an incredible passion for watersports in China, and we are happy to strengthen our cooperation with its sport authorities.”