A purportedly distorted map of India – with Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh missing from it – was broadcast during a live stream of the MotoGP, the biggest motorcycle race event at the Buddh International Circuit in Great Noida on Friday. Within hours of the matter being flagged by some social media users, MotoGP on its official account on X, formerly Twitter, posted an apology for the gaffe.
"We'd like to apologise to our fans in India for the map shown earlier a part of the MotoGP broadcast. It is never our intent to make any statement other than that of support and appreciation for our host country," MotoGP stated.
"We're excited to be able to enjoy the IndianOil Grand Prix of India with you and we’re with you and we’re loving our first taste of Buddh International Circuit,” it added.
India are hosting an event of this magnitude for the first time since the Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix, which was dropped from the calendar following the 2013 season due to financial, taxation and bureaucratic issues.
Uttar Pradesh funded a whopping 8 crore for the event:
Dorna and Fairstreet have signed a seven-year MoU for the MotoGP race in India.
Earlier this month, the Uttar Pradesh government released a fund of Rs 8 crore to its department ‘Invest UP’ for the MotoGP after a proposal from Fairsreet Sports, according to an official statement of the local Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority.
Besides this fund, the local authority worked on beautification and repair woks on connecting roads to the Buddh International Circuit, it added.