Formula 1 planning a “major announcement” on its aims to promote greater diversity and inclusion in the near future.Lewis Hamilton’s public support for the Black Lives Matter movement and calls for the sport to encourage greater participation by those from non-traditional backgrounds.
The sport’s director of strategy and business development Yath Gangakumaran told this week’s FIA EConference about their plans.
“In a couple of weeks’ time you will be seeing some pretty major announcements from us more broadly around diversity and inclusion which again fits into this wider ‘how can we make Formula 1 have a purpose outside of entertainment?’ [topic],” he told a seminar titled ‘Racing for a Purpose’.
“Any organisation or person that has millions of people following them – we have over 500 million fans around the world – has a duty in many ways to highlight any imperfections that are that are innate within their area.
“What Lewis has done really has helped to hasten some of the change that we want to see within Formula 1. And as I mentioned in a couple of weeks’ time you’ll start to here a bit more publicly what we’re going to do.”
Sportspeople like Hamilton and footballers Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling have shown “the days of sports stars being told to ‘stick to their sports’, as it were, are over,” said Gangakumaran.
“You just see what Rashford has done in the last couple of days. Raheem Sterling pushing for more ethnic minority representation on sports boards. Obviously Lewis as well.
“I think this is going to be a trend that will continue and ultimately if you want to be on the right side of history it’s important that you are part of that trend and that you have purpose central to what do you do as an organisation.”
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