The FIA, the ruling body of Formula One, has responded to allegations of sexism against its president, Mohammed Ben Sulayem. Former FIA employee Shaila-Ann Rao accused Ben Sulayem of sexist behavior following her departure from the federation in 2022. The FIA asserted that it takes allegations of abuse very seriously and has clear procedures in place to address complaints. The organization claimed that an amicable negotiation was conducted by the President of the Senate regarding Shaila-Ann Rao’s specific allegations, and no referrals were made to the Ethics Committee. Rao’s claim is the latest setback to mar Ben Sulayem’s presidency. Ben Sulayem was also accused of unacceptable interference after claiming a £16.2billion valuation of the sport was “inflated.” He was told by Liberty Media, the owners of F1, that the FIA could be “liable” for the harm caused. The FIA has stated that sexist remarks attributed to Ben Sulayem did not reflect his beliefs. Despite these difficulties, Ben Sulayem is expected to attend this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
“Accusations of Sexism against FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem; Due Process Followed”
- 6 May 2023
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