David Ward, a candidate in the 2013 Presidential election, has argued that the FIA is failing to meet good governance standards required by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Ward has released a comparison of IOC and FIA governance practices which contradicts Jean Todt’s claim that the FIA’s recent membership of the IOC means that it can “now boast the highest standards of governance”.
Ward’s comparative analysis shows that the FIA’s election processes, its ethics committee, and its financial reporting fail to match good governance principles and practices of the IOC.
Ward also calls on the FIA to appoint an independent panel of three recognised sports governance experts to compare the Federation’s current governance practices with the IOC and similar bodies such as the Federation Internationale de Motocylisme (FIM) and make recommendations for further reform.
In a letter to the FIA membership Ward explains that a comparative report would provide a neutral and objective study for the clubs to discuss. “Hopefully,” he says, “this will bring about much needed reforms so that the FIA can finally claim truthfully that it meets world class standards of governance”.