FIA president Jean Todt believes the addition of electric go-karting to the demonstration roster at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires later this year is a "significant step” for motorsport’s global governing body.

Todt announced at the FIA Sport Conference in Manila earlier this week that e-karting would be demonstrated at the third Summer Youth Olympic Games, taking place from October 6-18, with the event giving motorsport a first platform at an Olympic event this century.

“E-Karting represents not only a new opportunity in terms of motorsport development. It also demonstrates that the world is changing, and that we need to be a change leader,” Todt said during his opening address to delegates and officials from national motorsport authorities from across the world at the FIA Sport Conference.

“E-Karting will also be demonstrated at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina next October. This marks a significant step for the FIA since its recognition by the IOC [International Olympic Committee] in January 2012.

“Let me remind you that the FIA is a member of the IOC association of recognised international sports federations, and in that respect, recognised as such by the International Olympic Committee.

“We are here to support you in connecting and interacting with your national Olympic committees. This will strengthen you as clubs and federations in your countries as the regulator for motorsport.”

FIA deputy president Graham Stoker elaborated on how Todt had been one of the key driving forces behind the initiative, echoing the message on its significance for motorsport as a whole.

“I think the Youth Olympics is a showcase of youth sport. We have been working hard on trying to come up with some sustainable way of demonstrating our sport, and the obvious solution seems to us to be electric karting,” Stoker said.

“Within the context of the Youth Olympics, we hope to put on a demonstration not only of electric karting, but also the whole issue of safety and motorsport. Once you’ve done that, you’ve put yourself on the map.

“It’s a critical change in the perception of motorsport. We can go to a national Olympic committee and say: 'We were at the Youth Olympics, we want to join’.

“I think it’s one of the most exciting things that’s happened in motorsport for the last 15 to 20 years. It’s superb.”

Motor racing last appeared at the Olympics in 1900, albeit unofficially as part of the Exposition Universelle world fair run alongside the Paris games.

Despite the FIA’s recognition by the IOC in 2012, then-president Jacques Rogge dismissed the idea of motorsport joining the Olympic roster in the future due to its heavy reliance on the equipment involved.

“The games are about the competition for the athletes, not for equipment. Therefore, while having a lot of respect, they will not be included into the Olympic programme,” he said at the time.

Additional reporting by Dieter Rencken in Manila.