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Rome set to stage new Motorsport Games

Motorsport’s world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), has announced that Rome will host a new event dubbed the Motorsport Games later this year.

The announcement was made following the latest meeting of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) in Paris.

The Council approved the introduction of the Games, which will be held for the first time in the Italian capital from October 31 to November 3.

The FIA said the Games will be an international, multidisciplinary event that will see drivers competing not for individual recognition, but for their country.

Taking place annually, the games will initially feature six categories: GT, Touring Car, Formula 4, Drifting, Karting Slalom and Digital Motorsport. Each competition will award gold, silver and bronze medals, contributing to an overall medal table.

Further details were not disclosed about the new event, with Friday’s meeting addressing a number of issues across multiple championships sanctioned by the FIA. Among these was the disclosure that the Council has approved a long-term extension with the current promoter of the World Rally Championship (WRC).

The WRC has been promoted by WRC Promoter since the entity was formed by the Sportsman Media agency and Red Bull Media House media firm in May 2013. WRC Promoter is responsible for the marketing of the championship in accordance with the agreement Sportsman and Red Bull reached in October 2012 with the FIA to promote the WRC.

The FIA said the extended deal is subject to a long-form agreement being signed. Terms were not disclosed.