News 16 Apr 2009

QTEL EXTENDS WEC TITLE SPONSORSHIP

FIM press release:

The FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) has the pleasure to announce the extension of the partnership with the Qatar Telecom Company Qtel.

This agreement is for the next 3 years until 2011, and confirms Qtel’s status as being the title partner of the Qtel FIM Endurance World Championship.

Qatar Telecom (Qtel) is the telecommunications service provider licensed by the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ict QATAR) to provide both fixed and mobile telecommunications services in the state of Qatar. Qtel has a presence in 17 countries, and is committed to expansion both in the Middle East and North Africa region and South East Asia. In total, Qtel provides coverage to a population in excess of 560 million people, with 57.5 million consolidated subscribers.

Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Attiyah, QMMF President: “The interest for the mechanical sports is very important in Qatar and is in constant progression. I am really very happy about this new contract between Qtel and the International Motorcycling Federation for the 2009-2011 FIM Endurance World Championship. Our engagement in Endurance enables us to progress in our training of this motorcycle competition and we thus gradually hope to be able to be more involved. I still make a point of cordially thanking the FIM and Qtel like all the parties involved to offer us such an opportunity.”

Vito Ippolito, the International Motorcycling Federation President: “I am very satisfied with the extension of the agreement between Qtel and the FIM. We will make our collaboration evolve in the interests of the FIM Endurance World Championship. The motorcycle world is growing; there are very big potential and beautiful future prospects throughout the world. The QMMF is very involved and provides us with a remarkable project to develop the culture of the motorcycle sport with the Middle East.”

About FIM
FIM (WWW.FIM-LIVE.COM), the world governing body for motorcycle sport, is an independent association formed by 98 National Federations throughout the world. It is recognized as the sole competent authority in motorcycle sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Among its 49 FIM World Championships its main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro and Speedway. FIM also deals with non-sporting matters such as leisure motorcycling, mobility, transport, road safety and public policy and the environment, FIM was the first International sporting Federation to enforce an Environmental Code in 1994.

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