We as Indian citizens are used to the Government making one lame decision after another, but their latest ruling on formula one is surely going to leave a lot of fans angry and confused. In a blow to India’s and Indians’s dream to host a formula one event, the Indian sports ministry (full of bureaucrats BTW) refused to give the status of a sport to Formula One.
The sports ministry refused to extend duty waivers and customs waivers that are usually extended to sporting events. So equipment to import formula one track material will not get any special waivers. A major Indian newspaper reported the sports ministry as saying :
“It(formula one) would have no impact on the development of sports in the country"
"F1 is not purely sports. It is entertainment and this venture is a commercial initiative."
However JPSK the group that is constructing the F1 track said that its totally committed to ensure that the formula one race goes ahead in India. And we too are with them !