Formula 1 accused of “sportswashing” ahead of controversial Saudi Arabia race

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Formula 1, One of the world’s most popular sports is facing criticism for holding its first race in Saudi Arabia this Sunday,

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why it matters: Groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have Guilty Complicity in F1 “sportswashing” – or helping the Saudi regime divert attention from human rights abuses.

  • Seven-time winner Lewis Hamilton, a vocal supporter of increasing diversity and equality in F1 said He doesn’t feel comfortable running there this weekend.
  • In a letter to F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, the British politician wrote That “staging a race in Jeddah without addressing these serious violations of international law is being seen as their tacit support.”

big picture: F1 close 1 billion fans Globally, and thanks in large part to the uber-popular Netflix series, “Drive to Survive,” the US now represents its fastest-growing market.

  • Head of F1’s governing body told CNBC “Getting involved in political issues” is not the role of motorsport.
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