Allocation of F1 race seats for frontline health workers praised

Manama, Nov. 23 (BNA): Health Minister Faeqa bint Saeed Al Saleh has praised the directives by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and Prime Minister, to allocate grandstand seats for families of frontline health workers and first responders in Bahrain to watch the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix and Formula 1 Rolex Sakhir Grand Prix.


The decision to allocate them in-person attendance of the F1 experience was in recognition of "their incredible courage, contribution and commitment in responding to the pandemic in the Kingdom."


"The directives confirm His Royal Highness's appreciation of the efforts of the frontline health workers, which boosts their dedication and devotion in the service of the Kingdom of Bahrain and Bahraini citizens," the minister said.


Al Saleh lauded Bahrain's advanced readiness for the important event as well as the great efforts exerted by all officials and concerned people to ensure its steadily growing success and consolidate the Kingdom's special status in world sports.


"With Bahrain regularly hosting the Formula One races for years, the Ministry of Health has accumulated experiences that empower it today to understand all the medical needs associated with this major event and be more flexible and faster in dealing with all circumstances," she said.


"The ministry is keen on strengthening the aptitudes and skills of the medical team participating in the event and on delivering care and services of the highest standards."


The decision to have the two races predominantly without spectators has been made as a result of the current status of the global COVID-19 pandemic and followed extensive discussions between the Bahrain International Circuit and the government.

Bahrain stressed it remained focused on protecting the health of citizens and residents, maintaining one of the highest rates of testing per capita of anywhere in the world.




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