New Delhi, India, February 23, 2021: Dr. Malav Shroff (India) has been re-elected unopposed as the President of the Asian Sailing Federation (ASAF). This was formally announced on Sunday, February 21 at the Asian Sailing Federation’s Virtual Annual General Meeting.
Ms. Zhang Xiaodong (China), who was the only other nominee standing as Presidential candidate, withdrew her nomination due to personal reasons. Ms. Zhang will, however, continue as President of Honour, as per ASAF tradition.
Voting for the four Vice President positions from eight candidates was undertaken and concluded on February 15, 2021. During the voting process, more than 90% of the member national associations (29 out of 32) sent verified votes to the independent scrutineer (KPMG). The election was overseen by an Election Committee, chaired by Jason Lim – Secretary General ASAF.
Joining the ASAF President on the Executive Committee will be the following four Vice Presidents: Koravic Wikki (Thailand – 24 votes), Lee Pilsung (Korea – 23 votes), Abdur Rehman Arshad (Pakistan – 22 votes) and Lukman Abu Bakar (Malaysia – 19 votes).
Dr. Shroff underlined his vision for the ASAF for the next four years:
*Help more countries develop stronger sailing programmes
*Increase women’s participation in sailing, coaching and technical officials
*Increase regional events and attract more participation from all countries
*Establish centres of development and excellence in various parts of emerging Asia to help more countries grow the sport of sailing
*Have more countries involved in ASAF committees
*ASAF office with staff team
*General Assembly with all 45 countries of Asia
In addition to this, Dr. Shroff said there was a need to grow the Asian Games sailing competition and for Asia to be a stronger voice in World Sailing.
The Olympic Council of Asia’s Asian Games Director, Mr. Haider Farman, attended the meeting along with the OCA Director of International & NOC Relations, Mr. Vinod Tiwari, and spoke about the tremendous progress made by ASAF during Dr. Shroff’s tenure. The OCA promised to work closely in the future to grow sailing in Asia, and to have camps for youth sailors.
The Executive Board will serve a four-year term through to 2025.