(Motorsport-Whole.com) – Human rights organization Amnesty Worldwide has selected Formula 1 for the planned race in Saudi Arabia from 2021 criticized and warned that the Kingdom will use the Sizable Prix to do “sportswashing”. Countries use major sporting events to present themselves better in public and to distract from fundamental issues.
“The formula 1 should be aware that a Saudi Sizable Prix 2020 is part of an ongoing plan to cleanse the catastrophic human rights situation “, says campaign manager Felix Jakens .. “The failed attempt to buy Newcastle United has not deterred the Saudi authorities, which continue to see elite sport as a means of polishing their badly damaged reputation.”
Saudi Arabia had tried in vain this year to take over the English football membership Newcastle United via the state fund and with further investments it is primarily aimed at companies that have been badly hit by the corona crisis.
The state fund PFI (Public Investment Fund) also owns the company Aramco, which has been operating extensively since this season is present in Formula 1. The oil giant holds, among other things, the naming rights to the races in Hungary, Spain and the Nürburgring.
The first motorsport events are already taking place in Saudi Arabia. Formula E was already a guest in the kingdom for the first time, now Formula 1 is also wanted in the desert state to fetch. A city race is planned in Qiddiya near the capital Riyadh, until then one would like to bridge the time with a run in Jeddah.
“Despite the headlines that Saudi women are finally allowed to drive without being imprisoned, those responsible recently imprisoned and tortured some leading women’s rights activists,” continues Amnesty Worldwide.
“Should there be a Sizable Prix, then Formula 1 should at least insist that all contracts comply with the labor law requirements and that all racing events are accessible to everyone without discrimination,” said Jakens. In addition, drivers, groups and those responsible should consider talking about the human rights situation in the country before the race.
When asked, a spokesman for Formula 1 emphasized that the series would be involved for many decades worked to be a paddle force wherever you drive. “We take our responsibility very seriously and have made our attachments on human rights and other problems clear to our partners and host countries. They undertake to respect these rights at the time of the event.”