Saturday, June 04, 2011

Bahrain and F1

News reports indicate that Bahrain paid a $40 million fee to the organizers.

According to the Formula One's World Motor Sport Council, "the recent announcement by the King of Bahrain has established a political dialogue and reconciliation process."  This claim is included in the announcement that the Formula One race, originally scheduled for February will be run in October.

The Independent notes:

"The FIA does not mention that a quarter of the staff of the Bahrain International Circuit, which hosts the event, have been detained and given graphic details of being beaten and tortured. Some 28 of them have been sacked or suspended and at least five are still in prison. Others have fled Bahrain."

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