22 Feb '11, 12am

Bahrain Formula One GP called off due to unrest

Bahrain Formula One GP called off due to unrest

The crown prince of Bahrain called off Formula One's season-opening race on Monday, handing another victory to protesters aiming to break the ruling dynasty's stranglehold on power in the Gulf kingdom. -- PHOTO: REUTERS MANAMA - THE crown prince of Bahrain called off Formula One's season-opening race on Monday, handing another victory to protesters aiming to break the ruling dynasty's stranglehold on power in the Gulf kingdom. Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa owns the rights to grand prix and serves as commander of the armed forces in an island country were at least eight protesters have been killed in a week of unrest. Angry protesters, who see the Bahrain GP as particularly meaningful to him, wanted the March 13 race dropped. Facing more demonstrations around an event that draws a worldwide TV audience of around 100 million in 187 countries, the crown prince told...

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