SA motorsport has been given a huge boost with the appointment of South African National Off Road Association CEO Richard Schilling as president of the FIA Cross Country Commission.Schilling is a former president of Motorsport South Africa (MSA) and has served on the international commission for two years. His appointment as president of the commission was ratified in December 2013.CLOSE TIESMSA chief executive officer Adrian Scholtz said Schilling’s appointment will provide a huge boost for local motorsport. The appointment gives SA a direct link to the world motorsport governing body and strengthened ties between the FIA and MSA.Scholtz said: “We have always enjoyed close links with the FIA but Richard’s appointment brings the two organisations closer together.”Schilling said the appointment was both humbling and an honour. He said that his position would benifit SA motorsport and local cross country racing.Schilling said: “I am fully aware of the huge responsibility that lies ahead of me, but it is an exciting challenge and I am looking forward to it.” He added that his appointment could not have happened without the "healthy state of cross country racing in South Africa". The Donaldson Cross Country Championship and the Northern Regions and KwaZulu-Natal regional championships have shown encouraging growth in recent seasons, and close links with the Dakar Rally has seen SA emerge as a major player in cross country racing.