A 22-year-old web site is inflicting a stir within the motorsports world!
Mohammed Ben Sulayem (age 61) has been the President of the FIA World Motorsport Association since December 2021. Now it’s transferring from one disaster to a different.
The most up-to-date trigger for concern are statements made in 2001 on his former web site, www.mohammedbensulayem.com.
First discovered it was disabled however nonetheless within the net archive archive.org The British “Times” web site continues to be accessible.
Under the heading “Süleym Nekhnan” the present President launched himself to the guests of his web site and talked about his childhood, his household journeys to the desert, his profession and his love for vehicles. This shall be very fascinating within the Likes and Dislikes part.
It says about the President, “I like the desert and I like assembly actual folks.” But he (Ben Sulayem, ed.) “I do not like speaking about cash, I do not like women who assume they’re smarter than males as a result of they actually aren’t.”
Ben Sulayem’s statement, quoted verbatim, might be interpreted as sexist and displays a world view that’s outdated in 2001.
“The feedback on this archived web site from 2001 don’t mirror the arrogance of the President,” the English media quoted an Fia spokesman as saying.
And: “She could be very dedicated to the development of women and equality in sport and likes to be measured by it. This was the principle a part of his coverage statement and the measures taken this 12 months. His a few years of serving as vice president show it.” For instance, the FIA has had a fee for women in motorsport for a few years.
By the best way, at the moment, the homepage of Ben Sulayem’s web site was greeted with the next phrases: “When you’re a high-profile businessman and a sports activities determine representing your nation, there are various calls for and pressures from the media, and generally it’s not possible to do justice to everybody. I do know that newspapers, tv, radio all have their very own work. Having my very own web site makes me really feel like I can determine what to say and when to say it.“
This directness could now stand on its toes. Also at current. Today, Ben Sulayem is extra typically seen on Twitter than on the web site. And it causes pleasure there too.
He lately commented and weighed in on the media’s alleged bid for Formula 1 by a Saudi Arabian funding fund. Some gamers in motorsports take these statements as an offense. Because the Fia is answerable for the foundations of the game, not the industrial rights of Formula 1.
According to the Times, Formula 1 has even written to the Fia. It stated the president had “overstepped” and that the group could possibly be held answerable for the monetary loss suffered by Liberty Media, the corporate that owns Formula 1.
A dispute that is also mentioned initially of the season in Bahrain on March 5…