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Due to the ongoing political unrest in the country, the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix has officially been cancelled.

It was initially scheduled as the season opener in the month of March following delay of the race in the Gulf Kingdom after pro-democracy protests that killed over 20 people in February.

As of last Friday, it has been reported that the Bahrain Grand Prix might resume on October 30, as this announcement made by the sport’s governing body, the International Automobile Federation (FIA).

However, it is the fate of the event to get cancelled possibly after the complaints came from Formula One teams as well as anger shown by the human rights campaigners.

Zayed R Alzayani, the Bahrain International Circuit chairman has said – it has been made clear that this fixture cannot progress and we fully respect that decision. He has also said that they want their role in Formula One to be continued as positive and constructive as it has always been. Therefore, in the best interest of the sport, they will not pursue the rescheduling of a race this season.

Since February, more than 30 people have died due to this protest in Bahrain and this reason has contradicted the assurances offered by the government minister to the Formula One officials saying that they can still continue the race on October 30. Besides, the Indian Grand Prix is set to take place on 30th October after it had temporarily shifted to 11th December just to lodge the Bahrain race’s rescheduling plans.

By Sunita Mandal