Many race fans believe that the countries which are violating human rights should not to encouraged to host sporting events within its territories. As a result of which the first time-held Qatar GP was also questioned. Now, add Mercedes’ ace driver Lewis Hamilton to that list as well, who feels that the sport has been ignorant in dealing with human right violators.
F1 boss Stefano Domenicali defended the decision to host races in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, believing the sport can play an important role in creating cultural change. However, it came in for a lot of criticism from the sport, as the countries do not have the best human rights records.
What was opinionated by Lewis Hamilton?
“I do think as these sports go to these places, they are duty bound to raise awareness for these issues,” Lewis Hamilton was quoted by Motorsport.com. “These places need scrutiny, and it needs the media to speak about these things. Equal rights is a serious issue.”
The defending world champion continued: “However, I’m aware that in this place they are trying to make steps and it can’t change overnight, but I think we need to be raising the profile of the situation if we are coming to these places.”
“I just know that as a sport we’ve been to, and I have been to a lot of these countries and have been ignorant, been unconscious to some of the problems in some of the places,” Hamilton concluded.
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