Many race fans argue that countries that violate human rights should not be encouraged to hold sporting events in their territories. As a result, the first Qatar GP held was also questioned. Now, let’s add Mercedes mainstay driver Lewis Hamilton to that list as well, who feels that the sport has lacked understanding in dealing with human rights abusers.
F1 boss Stefano Domenicali defends decision to hold races in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, believe the sport can play an important role in creating cultural change. However, it has been met with a lot of criticism from the sport, as the countries do not have the best human rights records.
What did Lewis Hamilton object to?
“I think when these sports come to these places, they have an obligation to raise awareness about these issues,” Lewis Hamilton is quoted by Motorsport.com. “These places need to be monitored closely, and it needs the media to speak out about these things. Equal rights is a serious problem”.
The defending world champion continued: “However, I know that in this place they are trying to take steps and it cannot change overnight, but I think we need to elevate the situation if we are to get to these places.”
“I just know that it’s a sport we’re used to, and I’ve been to a lot of these countries and have been ignorant, unaware of some problems in some places,” he said. Hamilton concludes.
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