Former F1 boss Max Mosley slams decision to hold Bahrain GP

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Bangalore, Jun 6: Max Mosley, the former chief of Formula One racing is not particularly excited about the decision to accommodate Bahrain Grand Prix in 2011 and has warned that the sport would pay a heavy price for the decision.

It can be recollected that the game's governing body, has decided to reschedule the Bahrain Grand Prix to Oct 30, the date meant for Indian Grand Prix after it had called of the event originally meant to be in March, in the wake of civil unrest in the Gulf Arab country.

In the Sunday Telegraph, Mosley wrote, "By agreeing to race there, Formula One becomes complicit in what has happened. It becomes one of the Bahrain government's instruments of repression. The decision to hold the race is a mistake which will not be forgotten and, if not reversed, will eventually cost Formula One dear."

Mosley, the former President of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) argued that while it was "not the function of a sporting body to seek to dictate to governments what they can and cannot do" it could not afford to be used for political purposes.

He wrote, "We will be told that holding the Grand Prix in October will show that, once again, Bahrain is a happy, peaceful country. So why is it wrong for Formula One to go along with this?"

He again directed his anger at the Bahrain government and wrote, "Why is this different to running an event in any number of countries where people are oppressed, kept in poverty, held without trial and mistreated (or worse) in prison? Surely the line has to be drawn when a sporting event is not mere entertainment in a less-than-perfect country, but is being used by an oppressive regime to camouflage its actions."

Continuing with his opposition to the holding of the race in Bahrain, he wrote "If a sport accepts this role, it becomes a tool of government. If Formula One allows itself to be used in this way in Bahrain, it will share the regime's guilt as surely as if it went out and helped brutalise unarmed protesters."

Meanwhile, it can be recollected that Mosley's feud with Bahrain dates back to 2008, when he was fighting to save his job after the British tabloid News of the World published details of his sado-masochistic sex sessions with prostitutes. Bahrain's crown prince had then made it clear that Mosley would not be welcome at the race.

That apart, F1's decision to hold the event has also been heavily criticised by human rights campaigners and local activists.

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