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Old Apr 19th 2012, 12:38 am
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John Yates says incidents at grand prix are possible and police will use live rounds if necessary

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012...e-yates-safety
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F1 should never have agreed to Bahrain. While the violence in Bahrain is a fraction of Syria or Libya, they wouldn't be getting F1 were it not for them being a solid Western ally. If South Africa during Apartheid was proscribed from sporting events, why does the Gulf get a pass...
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Sporting events should be non-political, unless there is a war going on there should be no reason not to run F1 in Bahrain imo.
On the positives side (depending your view) the protesters will get a lot more coverage with the event being run than being cancelled.
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Force India car flees petrol bomb protest

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/17767985

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Sporting events should be non-political...
Why?
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Why?
Sport is about physical endeavour not politics/ religion/ etc..

i said should be, but of course people hijack events for their own motives
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Originally Posted by weasel decentral View Post
Sport is about physical endeavour not politics/ religion/ etc..

i said should be, but of course people hijack events for their own motives
Agreed, but my point is that sport seems to have gained this elevated status that its above all else, when in fact it (especially motor racing) is now so closely tied to big business as to make in virtually inseperable from business. And therefore money. And therefore politics.

If we could re-jig sport so that it was aligned with the (original) olympic ideals, then all would be good and it could transcend other issues. But that's not possible. Especially since wet ballet became an olympic sport. But I'd keep the women's beach volleyball.
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Originally Posted by Boomhauer View Post
F1 should never have agreed to Bahrain. While the violence in Bahrain is a fraction of Syria or Libya, they wouldn't be getting F1 were it not for them being a solid Western ally. If South Africa during Apartheid was proscribed from sporting events, why does the Gulf get a pass...

Actually South Africa kept their GP right up till the mid-80s, because they gave a good rand-job to dodgy Bernie the used car salesman!
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Actually South Africa kept their GP right up till the mid-80s, because they gave a good rand-job to dodgy Bernie the used car salesman!
Didn't know that about the old SA.
Neither North Korea or Iran could dream of getting it. F1 is a huge PR exercise for the host country specifically for a country that is an up and comer wanting to be noticed in the world. Thats why I don't think Bahrain should get it (or any Gulf country for that matter).
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