Bahrains who call for people to boycott the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix have been labeled as "traitors" and "enemies of the state" by a top MP, according to Sandeep Singh Grewal of GULF DAILY NEWS. Radical opposition groups "have planned a series of protests" against the race and are "actively using social media to try and build up support for their campaign in the international community." The Coalition of February 14 "urged public to burn their tickets and sabotage billboards" featuring F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone ahead of the race. But parliament's human rights committee Chair MP Ahmed Al Sa'ati said that "sports should not be mixed with politics or human rights." Sa'ati: "There are conflicts all around the world, but that does not mean banning or stopping sports activities as it has nothing to do with those issues. Those who are opposing the F1 race in Bahrain are enemies of the state ... they are traitors" (GULF DAILY NEWS, 4/1).
Events and Attractions
The German government "is expected to decid on a special regulation of the Environmental Ministry for public viewing events during the World Cup past midnight," according to the HANDELSBLATT. The regulation "would allow the broadcast of games on big screens" after 10pm, and in special cases, after 12am. German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said, "Watching matches outdoors is simply part of a World Cup." The fan fests "are expected to be declared sporting veunues during the World Cup and therefore equal public viewing on big screens at stadiums." Due to the time difference, 10 group stage games "will kick off at midnight, and one at 3am." The reason for the new regulation "is the federal emission protection law, which prohibits noise of more than 40dB in residential areas after 10pm" (HANDELSBLATT, 4/1).
Kentaro will stage the first Schalke 04 Cup, a preseason tournament, at Gelsenkirchen's VELTINS-Arena Aug. 2-3. It will feature Schalke 04, EPL Newcastle, La Liga's Malaga CF and a team to be announced. There will be two matches per day. The winner is based on a points system, with three points awarded for winning a match. Tickets will be sold online beginning Wednesday (Kentaro).
TELEKOM CUP: The SID reported Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich "will take part in the Telekom Cup preseason tournament in July." In addition to Bayern Munich, the tournament "will feature Hamburg SV, Borussia Mönchengladbach and another Bundesliga club, which has yet to be determined." The Telekom Cup "will take place in Hamburg on July 26-27" (SID, 3/31).