There could not have been a more appropriate venue than the Olympic museum for the coming together in celebration of the achievements of the UIM athletes. GAISF, SportAccord and UIM President, Raffaele Chiulli, welcomed the elite Powerboat Racing competitors as well as the UIM executive board.

AIMS President, Stephan Fox, was there to represent the AIMS family. IOC Executive Board Member, Nenad Lalovic, ASOIF President, Francesco Ricci Bitti, World Taekwondo President, Chungwon Choue, and many others were there to show respect to the elite competitors of the UIM family.

AIMS President Fox who was in attendance first hand at the championships in Kuwait thanked President Chiulli for the opportunity to have been inspired by the athletes and the excitement of the sport. The AIMS President stated that he was particularly inspired by the young UIM junior driver of the year from Estonia, Ander-Hubert Lauri, and also on the environmental work UIM is doing.

All in attendance were touched by the special award given to the President of World Taekwondo, Chungwon Choue for his humanitarian efforts, using the power of sports towards a better tomorrow. President Fox congratulated all the outstanding athletes and congratulated President Chiulli on all his work promoting the sport with one united voice.