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Human Rights Groups Call For Cancellation Of Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 04 / 07 / 17

Human rights campaigners have urged Formula 1 management to "cancel next week's Bahrain Grand Prix," accusing the country's rulers of using the race to "whitewash" abuses and "improve their image abroad," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Bahrain's biggest sporting event is watched by a "wo...

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