Bahrain assures Formula One security
Manama, April 10, 2012
Security during Bahrain's Formula One race will be "low key and discreet" but will include contingency plans to deal with potential disruptions such as demonstrators invading the circuit, said an adviser to the kingdom's interior ministry.
John Yates, a former assistant commissioner in the London Metropolitan Police Service, said he had reviewed the plans ahead of the April 20 to 22 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.
He said authorities are aiming to provide adequate security that will keep fans safe but will not impinge on Bahrain's biggest sporting event.
Meanwhile, preparations for the event are underway with equipment for the race arriving in the country.
Officials have dismissed reports that the race could be cancelled due to the political situation in Bahrain, pledging security for team members.
"The race is going ahead - there is no doubt about that," said Bahrain International Circuit chief executive Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa. "We are ready and there is a plan in place to ensure the safety of the teams, officials and fans.
"There are several reports doing the rounds that are saying a lot of things which are baseless," Shaikh Salman told the Gulf Daily News, our sister newspaper on the sidelines of a meeting of the Bahraini French Business Club at the Golden Tulip Hotel last night. - TradeArabia News Service