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Bahrain announces support for Todt

Jean TodtThe Bahrain Motor Federation has announced its support for FIA presidential candidate Jean Todt ahead of next month's election.

BMF president Sheikh Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa said his country's motorsport priorities "were significantly aligned" with those of the Frenchman.

The BMF said Al Khalifa had spoken on the phone with Todt's rival Ari Vatanen to inform him of Bahrain's decision.

"Professional motor sport and motoring in general currently faces a number of unique challenges on a global level in terms of adapting to the realities of the current economic climate, increasing environmental challenges, improved safety, competitiveness and the continued good governance and development of an organisation directly representing over 100 million motor enthusiasts worldwide," Al Khalifa said.

"Our priorities in identifying a preferred candidate to support in the FIA's October Presidential elections, were to ensure that candidate had a clear vision for the sustainable development of motor sport, including at grass roots level, a deep understanding of the global public policy agenda for motor users and manufacturers alike, as well as a defined programme for advancing the structures of the FIA and a firm commitment to reflecting the role that individual regions had to play in the FIA's development.

"Jean Todt and his team, we believe, most fully demonstrate these values and vision, as well as a wealth of accompanying experience. I am pleased to announce that, as a result, the Bahrain Motor Federation will be supporting Jean Todt's candidacy."

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