QMSF Sami Abu Shaikha appointed Senior Vice-President of the UIM


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Thursday, October 25th, 2012


· QMSF board member appointed at meeting in Corfu, Greece

DOHA (QATAR): Qatar’s Sami Abu Shaikha has been appointed senior vice-president of the UIM (Union Internationale Motonautique), powerboat racing’s governing body, at a meeting in Corfu, Greece.

Abu Shaikha is heavily involved in marine sports through his daily involvement as a board member and general secretary of the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF) and attends the majority of the federation’s domestic and foreign events as the team’s legal advisor.

A lawyer by trade, Abu Shaikha represents the QMSF at numerous UIM meetings and was already a member of the UIM Committee before agreeing to take on the exciting new Senior VP role at the 85th UIM Annual General Assembly, held on the Greek tourist island over recent days.

“This appointment comes as a result of all the hard work carried out by everyone at the QMSF headed by His Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani,” said Abu Shaikha.

Abu Shaikha’s appointment comes as a result of the retirement of the much-respected American Charles Strang.

“Sami has been a very important board member in the QMSF since day one of the announcement of establishing the federation in Qatar in 2000,” said His Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani, president of the Qatar Marine Sports Federation.

“Since then he has filled the General Secretary position and been one of the QMSF’s strategic internal forces to direct us in the right direction. With his solid background at the QMSF and his legal profession, this made him a very strong candidate for the Vice President position with the UIM. I know it is not an easy job to do, but it’s another task on his plate now. We wish him a very successful role in the new position.”

The 85th UIM General Assembly was hosted by the Greek National Authority and its president Kostas Mouzaktis, in conjunction with the Corfu Motorboat Club.

The UIM is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is also a member of the General Association of International Sports Federations. It governs various forms of powerboat racing, including aqua bike, circuit, offshore, pleasure-navigation and radio-controlled.


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Date issued: 25/10/2012

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