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Bahrain Pulls The Plug On F1 Opener

MANAMA, Bahrain (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Organizers have pulled the plug on the season opener F1 race, the The Bahrain Grand Prix , which had been scheduled to start on March 13th, in the face of growing political unrest and violence.

The Bahranian Crown Prince said in a statement, "At the present time, the country's entire attention is focused on building a new national dialogue for Bahrain.

"Although Bernie Ecclestone (The head of the F1 organization) had graciously made clear that a decision on the race was entirely Bahrain's to make and was not yet required, we felt it was important for the country to focus on immediate issues of national interest and leave the hosting of Bahrain's Formula 1 race to a later date."

The island kingdom has faced increasing political unrest in recent weeks, and seen at least one violent crackdown on protesters by government security forces that left at least 5 dead and 66 seriously injured, according to various media sources.

The race was to include F1 Rocks concert series promoted by John Giddings which were to feature performances by David Guetta, Taio Cruz, Tinie Tempah and the Sugababes. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers