Bahrain honours Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone, the CEO of the Formula One group of companies, has been awarded the Bahrain Medal of the First Degree for 'outstanding services to the Kingdom of Bahrain'. One of the highest personal honours that can be bestowed by the Gulf nation, and normally reserved for heads of state, the medal is awarded at the sole discretion of HM the King Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

Bahrain honours Bernie Ecclestone

It was presented by Crown Prince HH Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa during a three-day visit by Ecclestone at the invitation of the Crown Prince HH Shaikh Salman. The presentation followed a tour of the new Bahrain International Circuit and a briefing on preparations for the inaugural 2004 F1 Gulf Air Bahrain GP.

Presentations were given by each of the ministries and national organisations involved in the logistical planning of the race at a meeting arranged by BIC chairman His Excellency Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa.

After visiting the circuit, Ecclestone commented: "It's super. Bahrain International Circuit will be one of the best in the world. The standard is so high, it has raised the bar."

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