Bahrain Grand Prix moves step closer as employees are reinstated

Bahrain Grand Prix moves step closer as employees are reinstated

Bahrain took a step closer towards hosting this season's grand prix by reinstating employees previously dismissed following last year's protests.

The move is in accordance with a royal decree from king Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa as part of the implementation of recommendations issued by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry.

The commission, set up to look into the events that occurred last year when a number of protesters were killed as political unrest swept the island kingdom, reported their findings in November.

Off the calendar: The Bahrain Grand Prix was scrapped last year

Off the calendar: The Bahrain Grand Prix was scrapped last year

The independent report made a number of findings, including with regard to the treatment of dismissed workers who were deemed to be in breach of contract during the protests.

The management team of the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) has already contacted the relevant staff with regards to reinstatement.

The BIC now hopes to see all employees returning to work as soon as possible.

Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al-Khalifa, chief executive of the BIC, said: 'The reinstatement of our BIC colleagues is part of an important initiative towards national reconciliation and unity for the kingdom as a whole.

Ongoing protest: Pro-reform protestors gather on Tuesday

Ongoing protest: Pro-reform protestors gather on Tuesday

'I therefore welcome back our colleagues into the BIC family as we now look to focus on the future and the important job at hand.

'The BIC, and in particular the Formula One Grand Prix, is of huge significance to our country, acting as a strong unifier, given the support it receives from all sections of Bahrain society.

'I now look forward to working with all BIC colleagues to ensure we continue to provide world-class track events, which every citizen of Bahrain can be proud to support.'