Bahrain hits back at UK MPs over F1 claims
Manama, October 18, 2012
Bahrain yesterday hit back at a group of British MPs who have criticised London for being too lenient with regard to its relations with Bahrain.
MPs from the House of Commons' foreign affairs committee have stated that the Formula One Grand Prix held in Bahrain in April should have been cancelled.
"We strongly object to these statements as we feel that the British government had constructively criticised past events in Bahrain, which we have accepted," said an Information Affairs Authority spokesman.
An Information Affairs Authority spokesman also said Britain's decision to let F1 organisers take a final decision on whether the race should take place in Bahrain was the right one.
"One can find fault in every nation that hosts the event. We firmly believe that sports should remain separate from politics and obviously the FIA felt the same way because they voted unanimously to proceed with the race in Bahrain," he said.
The F1 Grand Prix draws significant investment into Bahrain and cancelling it would have had an extremely negative impact.
"Let's not forget that the F1 brings people from all walks of life together in a spirit of healthy competition and entertainment. In addition to the organisers, we received support for the race going forward from the F1 teams and drivers, sports enthusiasts, politicians and even members of the political opposition," he concluded. – TradeArabia News Service