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Todt: Formula One can heal

Thursday 18th April 2013

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Todt: Formula One can heal

Todt: Formula One can heal

He won't be attending the race himself, however, Jean Todt says the Bahrain GP could have a "healing" effect on the divided kingdom.

As protests continue in the island kingdom, there have been calls for Todt and Bernie Ecclestone to take control and call off the grand prix.

Four groups; the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, the Bahrain Press Association, the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights and the Campaign Against Arms Trade recently wrote to the Formula One powers-that-be.

The groups called on them to cancel the grand prix in light of the ongoing political unrest in the country.

However, Todt responded by saying he believes the race can have a "healing effect" on the country.

"Sport and F1 can have a positive and healing effect in situations where conflict, social unrest and tensions cause distress," the BBC reports him as having said in a letter to the groups.

Earlier this week it was confirmed that Todt, the FIA's president, will not be attending this weekend's race.

Meanwhile, Bahrain International Circuit chairman Zayed R Alzayani has condemned the at times violent nature of the protests.

"I am totally against violence. No matter what cause you have no right to disrupt the normal process of life," said Alzayani. "That is not democracy, that is terrorism. There are no two ways about it.

"Whether you do that hiding behind human rights, politics, religion, it's just wrong to do it.

"The country and the constitution allow people to protest in a civil, non-violent way, and that is being done, which is sanctioned by the police, going from point A to point B at a certain time of the day.

"That happens anywhere in the world, and I have no problem with that. But to go along and extend that to blocking roads, burning tyres, or attacking police and civilians, the minute you do that you cross the line. You have no right to impose that on others."

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