Noida: During the opening practice of MotoGP, India’s biggest motorcycle race event, on Friday, the controversial map of India was broadcast live, sparking a major controversy as it did not show Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh. Within hours of the matter being raised by social media users, MotoGP apologized for the mistake on its X (formerly Twitter) official account.
MotoGP said, “We would like to apologize to our fans in India for the map shown in the first part of the MotoGP broadcast. It is not our intention to make any statement other than our support and appreciation for our host country.” It said, “We are excited to enjoy the ‘Indian Oil Grand Prix of India’ with you and we are with you. At first sight we are liking Buddha International Circuit (BIC) here.
The embarrassing mistake happened when MMSCI (Federation of Indian Motor Sports Clubs) president Akbar Ibrahim was sitting in the race control room at the BIC. Ibrahim said, “The wrong map of India was shown by MotoGP TV during the telecast of the Indian Grand Prix, which is very unfortunate. We know that MotoGP has issued a public apology He said, “FMSCI advises its motorsports recognition unit that they should be very careful in displaying the Indian map and the Indian tricolor and display it properly. “India is hosting a Moto race of this level for the first time since Formula One Race 2013. Racers from Moto 2, Moto 3 and Moto GP will practice on Friday and qualifying matches will be held on Saturday. The main competition will be held on Sunday.