MANILA – The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) hailed the election of Stephen Macky Carapiet as Asia’s sole representative to the executive board of the FIM—the global governing and sanctioning body for motorcycle racing.

The FIM, or the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (International Motorcycle Federation), held its general assembly on Dec. 2 in Rimini, Italy, where Carapiet was elected to the post.

“The POC congratulates Mr. Carapiet for his election in the world governing body for motorcycling,” Tolentino said in a news release on Monday.

“This is proof of the integrity and capability of Filipino sportsmen and sportswomen on the global stage,” he added.

Carapiet is the head of the National Motorcycle Sports Safety Association or NAMSSA -- the national sports association for motorcycle racing -- and a reelectionist president of FIM Asia, which has as members 28 countries.

The NAMSSA is a recognized member of the POC.

Carapiet was also named to the four-member of the FIM-FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) joint committee that will facilitate joint projects and initiatives on themes including safety, sustainability, medical and women.

As such, Carapiet is in the top four in the FIM’s governance. He was also appointed to the membership and affiliation committees and other working groups for the next four years. (PNA)