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India Makes Debut On F1 Grand Prix Calendar This Week With Race Outside Delhi
Published October 26, 2011
DRIVING GLOBALIZATION: REUTERS' Alistair Scrutton noted the race has "reignited India's perennial questioning of how far the country should go down the globalisation road." The event is "also just the latest example of international sports bodies ensuring they get a foot in this booming Asian marketplace with a huge advertising base of millions." India has "already attracted the attention of top European football clubs." But the "extravagance of the event and questions about land seizures to make way for the circuit have sparked criticism." The cheapest tickets are "about 2,500 rupees (about $50) -- about half the monthly wage of a cleaner," while the most expensive corporate boxes "go for about $200,000 -- and nearly all have been sold" (REUTERS, 10/25).