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FIA delegates safe and accounted for after Nepal earthquake

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The FIA has confirmed that the delegates attending the first Asia-Pacific Sport Regional Congress in Kathmandu, Nepal, are safe and accounted for after the city was affected by an earthquake on Saturday.

The earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the richter scale, hit the region on Saturday and has been followed by a number of aftershocks, claiming over 2,000 lives.

In a statement issued by the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) on Sunday, it was confirmed that all of the governing body’s delegates and representatives that had been in Kathmandu were unharmed.

“This week the FIA conducted its inaugural Asia-Pacific Sport Regional Congress in Kathmandu, Nepal,” the statement read.

“The event was attended by 45 delegates from 14 countries in the region, as well as FIA officials including President Jean Todt [pictured], Road Safety Ambassador Michelle Yeoh, and Deputy President for Sport, Graham Stoker.

“During the running of the Congress the country of Nepal, including its capital Kathmandu, was subjected to a massive earthquake that has taken a shocking toll on the country.

“All members of the FIA party and Congress delegates are safe and accounted for. The FIA greatly thanks the local National Sporting Authority, the Nepal Auto Sports Association (NASA) for its efforts in helping to ensure this outcome.”

The FIA also confirmed that it is looking into forming a charitable fund to help those affected by the earthquake in Nepal.

“The effects of this earthquake on Nepal, with such a drastic scale of human loss, have been devastating.

“The FIA, on behalf of the broader motor sport community, wishes to convey its most heartfelt condolences to the Nepal people – our collective thoughts are with them as they deal with this tragedy.

“The recovery and reparation efforts will be immense for the country.

“In the coming days, the FIA will investigate the possibility of establishing a fund for charitable donations to be made to the people of Nepal as they attempt to rebuild their lives from this disaster.”