F1 » FIA decision 'a kick in the teeth for Bahraini people'

As F1 braces itself for the backlash from the FIA World Motor Sport Council's controversial decision to return to Bahrain this year, human rights groups suggest to do so will leave the sport with blood on its hands

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John - Unregistered

June 05, 2011 10:29 PM
Last Edited 1789 days ago

First off the person quoted from Avaaz is not understanding the truth of the matter. By his using the word "innocent" he is making his first mistake. Bahraini Government is cracking down on the terrorists that are present in the country and I as a resident am a witness to that first hand, We all have a right to live safely and peacefully but all I keep reading is that "human right" bullshitters that don't even live in Bahrain complain that "

EDIT by CRASH.NET! Accusations removed. This is not a political forum.

andrew. - Unregistered

June 05, 2011 10:40 PM

So what these people are saying is we turn a blind eye to certain human rights violations, depending on what the flavour of the month is?

So it is OK for F1 visit countries where the governments are killing hundreds of innocent people in other countries or where hundreds have been made homeless to make way for an F1 track (India) ?

I didn't realise until know that we are meant to cherry pick which human rights violations we are meant to be outraged against and which are OK.

If the Bahraini government say it is safe to race then there is no reason why the race should not be held.

The Stig - Unregistered

June 05, 2011 10:57 PM

Let's move on. Too many articles about the same story as usual. I wonder what will happen if the situation In Bahrain flares up again just before the rescheduled date and it has to be called off again. Agree they should have opted to leave it for this year. It is not good for business or human rights either way for anyone involved. Now they've decided to reshedule though I think boycotting it will be p"""ssing in the wind. The money men wont listen.

grumpy young man - Unregistered

June 06, 2011 12:08 AM

Whether we like it or not F1 is all about money. Owned by an investment company trying to make money, Bernie pulling the strings trying to make more money, the thousands of corporate sponsors that get the pit / paddock passes and a nice day out for senior management once in a while, the super rich who no nothing of the sport but can put a quick call in to get themselves on the grid before a race.

That all sounds very bitter but it's reality. Whether we the fans are outraged / offended probably means little to Bernie. People have already listed the dubious human rights records of other host countries and they're spot on, a life is a life so I doubt F1 has any high ground to lose...it's long gone.

jose - Unregistered

June 06, 2011 1:31 AM

The teams and divers could refuse to race or attend the event, Sponsors could demand the the liveries be changed, bad for business. Actions like this would solve the problem..Right..Well not really. What needs to be changed is the Greed in F1. We are talking about is 40 million plus and weather money trounces what is (in my opinion) moral and ethical support for the people of Bahrain. The world is watching, this situation has escalated, now a bad decision Uncle Bernie could crippled that 'Golden Goose' called F1. The money, 40m means little. People of Bahrain will solve this problem in time.
Bernie do What you do best, on purpose, keep everyone pissed off a little, move on, lets go Racing!!


devilsadvocate - Unregistered

June 06, 2011 4:19 AM

It's not about whether F1 should be choosing a moral highground or whether they should confront this human rights violation as opposed to China Russior xyz its the fact that F1 is allowing itself to be the means in which Bahrain whitewashes itself on an international level in it's elaborate scheme to pretend like everything is ok when it clearly isn't, and that is exacky why this year they shouldn't be going... Full stop

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