Formula 1’s governing body, FIA, announced Friday that the Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead as planned on April 22 despite civil unrest in the country, according to the BBC.
A FIA statement said that it was "satisfied that all the proper security measures are in place for the running of a Formula 1 world championship event," according to the BBC. It added that FIA underwent a “fact-finding mission” in December to help make a decision.
"Away from the public eye, the FIA has received regular security briefings from the most senior diplomatic officials based in the Kingdom, as well as from other independent experts," the statement said, according to the BBC. In recent weeks, riots have caused even more pressure to cancel the race and Amnesty International said in a statement that “a blind eye” should not be turned to the “ongoing human rights crisis in the country,” according to the BBC.