Indian Grand Prix event has been affected by an unforeseen controversy by the decision taken by Team Ferrari to use Italian Navy logo on its cars to show their solidarity with the two Italian Marines that are awaiting judgment in the case of killing Indian fisherman near Kerela coast.
The use of Italian Navy’s logo wasn’t called for as it is against the spirit of sports and anything that hinges of disagreements in other areas of public life must not be allowed to affect this pristine spirit.
The blatant backing from Italian foreign minister Giulio Terzi of Team Ferrari and the statement that the whole country is behind the marines (Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone).
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin said, “The matter is sub judice. As for using sporting events to promote causes which are not of a sporting nature, it is not in keeping with the spirit of sports,”
Ferrari said on Thursday, “wanted to pay tribute to all the Italian Navy” and its act was “a sign of hope that a solution can be found about the case that involves two Italian sailors”. Giulio Terzi said later, “Congratulations to Ferrari for displaying the Navy’s symbol at the India GP. It will show the sailors the whole country is behind them,”
Chargesheet against the accused marines have been filed by Kerela cops whereas Italy has said in Supreme Court that Indian Authorities have no jurisdiction in the respective case. The marines have been granted bail by court but are asked to not leave the country.
Source: Times of India
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