F1 should not worry about human rights records – Motorsports

Jean Todt, chairman of the FIA, the governing body of motor racing, says F1 should not worry about racing in countries with human rights issues.

The introduction of Saudi Arabia into the 2021 race schedule was controversial and raised questions from human rights groups. The F1 Bahrain Grand Prix, like the races in China, Russia and Abu Dhabi, has long expressed concern.

Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone said sports should move away from politics. Todd, who works with the United Nations on road safety, agrees with that idea.

“It’s very important to my mind,” he said. “And for the next five years, I have been deeply involved with the United Nations as a special envoy for traffic safety.

“If you look at the high-level panel I created about road safety, you’ll see Michael Ellison, a former High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“You have Michelle Bachelet, the actual High Commissioner for Human Rights. You have Filippo Grandi, the High Commissioner for Refugees. In a sense, it is a privilege for me to talk to them. is.

“Yesterday’s Stefano [Domenicali] I visited and talked to former Minister of Justice Jacques Toubon, who was in charge of human rights in France until last year.

“And everyone is in favor of racing anywhere in the world. That is, we are a sport.

“It’s also that I’ve had frequent discussions with the International Olympic Committee and Thomas Bach because they have the same problem, and obviously I don’t think sports should be involved in politics. I will. “

World champion Lewis Hamilton is becoming more and more frank about the need to influence where F1 participates in the race.

Prior to this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix, he said: “There are problems all over the world, but we go to these countries, ignore what’s happening in those countries, arrive, have a good time, and then leave.”

Todd said he would like to have an open dialogue with human rights groups at all times.

“We need to get involved with NGOs [non-government organizations]”Mr. Todd said. “That is, what kind of contribution can we make to a good NGO who is the right people like Human Rights Watch? So we are working on it, we are working on it. It is working.

“You can interpret how it helps you. In my opinion, going to those countries also has negative people about the countries they probably wouldn’t have. Gives you the opportunity to speak.

“So, as I said, it’s a lot of interpretation issues, but to me, I feel right.”

– Motorsports

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