There’s something I just do not quite understand here. I’ve done recent posts on some of the Extreme Sports (drifting and sandal racing). In these posts, I identified what these sports are but did not go beyond to discuss further ramifications. I think that was an oversight on my part which needs to be corrected now.
Regretably in Saudi, there seem to be only two reactions: extreme sports do not exist and if participation is discovered in extreme sports, then the mindset is to punish everyone. This is where the government has had its shortfalls of too many individuals in positions where they did not have either the competence or expertise for the position held. So what happens? They are not working in order to help the society improve and deal with issues. Then when you add Ultra conservatives and their influence into the equation, it becomes an even bigger headache.
Accidents do happen in the sport. I am including 2 videos to show the comparison of the sport done right vs. Saudi style. The Japanese version is done on proper tracks design to minimize injuries, the spectators are out of harm’s way, cars with cages to protect the driver, and most importantly the drivers wear their seat belt and helmet. The Saudi version none of these safety precaution are taken. There result is fatality accidents in Saudi while the Japanese emphasis on safety produce minimal injuries in the case of accidents. Please, do not click on the second video if you do not like watching horrific accidents.
When will we start to see changes to this practice? I wish I knew the answer to that.