Ironman royals in ‘torture’ claims

AIRPORT ARRIVAL: Nasser and Khalid bin Hamad al Khalifa. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI
AIRPORT ARRIVAL: Nasser and Khalid bin Hamad al Khalifa.

WHILE Ironman South Africa celebrates its 10th anniversary by welcoming two Bahraini princes, Nasser and Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, human rights organisations in their country have accused them of torturing political activists in prison.

Athletes at the Boardwalk Hotel in Port Elizabeth, meanwhile, have also had to move out to make room for the princes and their entourage of 80 this week.

Ironman South Africa spokesman Ed Richardson said the organisers were “most certainly concerned about human rights” but, as a sporting organisation, Ironman “does not have a mandate or the ability to investigate claims made against athletes outside of the events themselves”.

 – Riaan Marais 

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2 thoughts on “Ironman royals in ‘torture’ claims

  • April 5, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Yeh I agree, why should any other person have to move out of the hotel just for some “royalty” to have somewhere for their whole f#$^&ing entourage of 80, which in itself is like old Gadafi. I dont believe in royalty anyway.

  • April 4, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    hey what makes a Prince from another country any better than another person. he puts on his clothes like everyone else. i think it is a cheek to put out people who were already booked to accomodate him. i would have refused to move. he is not God. what has anybody being treated inhumainly got to do with the ironman race any way? this “fight has nothing to do with South Africa or the ironman. Dallas


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