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Tue. 06 June 2023


Arthur Loye

Current Position: Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) Legal Advisor

Year of graduation: 2019 (19th Edition)

Nationality: French

What does your current role involve?

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has under its umbrella over 1,512 international events per year, 14 Commissions and 7 main disciplines. This makes each day different, stimulating and very interesting.

As a former skier, there are a lot of similarities and shared values between skiing and motorcycling so it was, therefore, a well-thought out and pleasing decision to be able to join this industry for almost two years now. The FIM is the sole world governing body for motorcycling sports recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). As a result, it has the authority to award world championship titles and to adopt the rules it deems necessary for the organisation of motorcycling sport. In addition, FIM’s mission also goes beyond the sport and is to be the global advocate for motorcycling in general.

As per my role as a legal advisor within the team, I work on every legal matter dealt with by the FIM. For example, through many different types of commercial agreements, we are negotiating and building lasting and mutually beneficial relationship with our partners. Further, my role also includes managing our intellectual property rights, providing analysis on the governance matters an International Federation has to handle and overseeing disciplinary procedures by making sure the fundamental rights of the participants in our events are respected.

Which aspects of the FIFA Master course have helped you most in your career?

The FIFA Master was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Coming from a background of being an attorney-at-law in Paris but always having the desire to join the sports industry, the course allowed me to build a bridge between those two worlds.

The academic content provided by the three modules in Leicester, Milan and Neuchâtel was extremely useful to me in my day-to day activities. Also, the quality of the guest speakers you meet and the opportunities to interact directly with them, along with the diversity of the field visits undertaken, were huge assets to get a deeper understanding and an insider view of the sports world.

Furthermore, the people you meet, the exchanges you have with friends, professors, alumni and professionals from the industry all added to the benefits of being in a constant international environment. These were all amongst the most enriching takeaways for me.

What advice would you give to future students on the course?

I would say that today it is crucial to have strong expertise in your field (both academically and professionally) and if you want to make that jump into the sports industry, the FIFA Master is the programme for you.

Be as open minded as possible. There is always a possibility to learn and to grow around every corner. Love what you do and do it with passion.

To summarise, just enjoy and trust the journey.

Finally, feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

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