Jean Todt and FIA delegates 'safe and accounted for' after Nepal earthquake

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The FIA has confirmed president Jean Todt and 44 other delegates from motorsport's governing body are "safe and accounted for" after attending a convention in the earthquake-hit city of Kathmandu in Nepal.

The group had been attending the first Asia-Pacific Sport Regional Congress when the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck an area of central Nepal between Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara. It has been followed by a number of aftershocks and the rising death toll currently exceeds 2,000.

On Sunday the FIA confirmed all the delegates are safe.

"This week the FIA conducted its inaugural Asia-Pacific Sport Regional Congress in Kathmandu, Nepal," a statement said. "The event was attended by 45 delegates from 14 countries in the region, as well as FIA officials including President Jean Todt, 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 statement concluded with words of support for those affected by the earthquake.

"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."